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Tart & Tangy Lemon Guide

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Welcome to the bright, tangy, zesty world of lemons! Lemon trees are a study in contrast: they’re evergreens that love to live in the subtropics—not the way we usually envision an evergreen. And lemon trees are a joy to grow—especially when they…  READ MORE right arrow
Bill Dugan
Ah, the lovely lemon. Tart, mouth-puckering, but oh-so-sweet in food and drink! It works as a garnish, as its own drink (lemonade and limoncello), and in soups, sauces, and desserts. This little fruit packs a lot of flavor and is incredibly versatile in the kitchen—and beyond.…  READ MORE right arrow
Beautiful lemons on a tree


USDA planting zone
Lemons are typically cultivated in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 to 11. These zones are characterized by mild winters and warm to hot summers, providing the ideal conditions for lemon trees to thrive.   READ MORE right arrow
Variegated pink lemons
Lemons are generally categorized as true lemons or as hybrids. This can be a bit confusing, since botanists don’t completely agree whether the lemon should be classified as Citrus limon or as Citrus x limon, implying the plant is actually a hybrid.  READ MORE right arrow

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