Meyer Lemon

Citrus x meyeri

Valley Lemon, 'Meyer' Lemon, Citrus

About This Plant

Best in sun, but tolerates shade. Evergreen. “Meyer” is a citrus-tangerine hybrid with a compact size and abundant fruit. The lemons are plump, juicy, and less acidic than true lemons; they can even be eaten out of hand. Initially introduced to the U.S. in the early twentieth century, Meyer lemon was widely popularized by the Martha Stewart brand. It can be grown in a container or in the ground; in either case it can grow into a shrub-size citrus in mild winter weather.

Origins: Chinese cultivar, introduced to the U.S. in 1908; improved variety introduced after 1940.


Fruiting is best with bright light, well-drained soil, and mild temperatures. Container specimens may need extra care to prevent cold weather and drought.

A compact lemon-tangerine hybrid with a sweet flavor, often grown as a container tree.

Min. Height: 5'

Max Height: 10 feet'

Min. Width: 5'

Max Width: 10 feet'

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