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Botanical Name: Citrus 'Ponderosa'

Common Name: Ponderosa Lemon

Cultivar: Ponderosa

Other Names: Citrus Limon X Medica

Plant Type: Shrub

Attractive foliage is displayed on this shrub or small tree, large, fragrant flowers produce bumpy, yellow fruit that are twice the size of typical lemons, and have great flavor, a great container plant for the patio or indoors in colder climates

Plant Categories: Houseplant

Landscape Application: Accent, Screening, Orchard, Container

Water Requirements
Average To Moist

Sunlight Requirements
Full Sun To Partial Shade

Plant Height
8 Feet

Plant Width/Spread
6 Feet


Attracts Birds, Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies

Has Edible Parts


Growth & Care

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone9a
Recommended Pruning MethodLate Winter Pruning

Size & Shape

Growth RateSlow
Plant FormUpright Spreading

Additional Categories

Additional CategoryCitrus


Foliage TypeEvergreen
Foliage ShapeOval


Flower ColorWhite
Flower PeriodFrom Early Spring To Late Winter
Flower FragranceHigh


Edible ComponentFruit
Edible UseRaw, Cooking, Juice, Sauces
Edible Harvest PeriodFrom Late Winter To Early Spri

Features & Attributes

Ponderosa Lemon features showy clusters of fragrant white star-shaped flowers with buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from early spring to late winter. Its attractive glossy oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The yellow fruit is edible and has a tangy taste. Note that in general, it can be difficult to get plants to reliably produce fruit indoors, this may be a challenge best reserved for adventurous and experienced gardeners.

This is a multi-stemmed evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. This plant may benefit from an occasional pruning to look its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Ponderosa Lemon can be expected to grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 50 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It prefers to grow in average to moist soil. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions, if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors, among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only, individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.