Meet the Variegated Pink Eureka Lemon
Meet the lemon that took the gardening world by storm—if you plant only one citrus this year, make it this tree
The tree: The variegated pink Eureka lemon is usually sold in a 5-gallon container when it’s 2 to 3 years old.
In the ground, it grows 12 to 15 feet tall. Keep it small enough for a pot by pruning the foliage and roots every four to five years.
The foliage: Apple green leaves have creamy white to pale yellow edges.
Where to grow: Display in a site that gets at least 4 hours of sun a day (8 is better), and is protected from wind and frost.
Which zones: It grows well outdoors in Sunset climate zones 8, 9, 12–24, H1, H2; indoors elsewhere. Find your zone in the Sunset Plant Finder
The fruit: Green streaked with gold when young, it matures to pale yellow. Pink flesh produces clear juice. Expect a few lemons early on; more when the plant is four to five years old.
How to plant: Choose a pot at least 16 inches in diameter. Fill the bottom inch with fast-draining potting mix, set in the rootball, fill around it with more soil, then water.