Fruit Cocktail Tree
Double the Pleasure
Yes, it is possible to grow lemons and limes on the same tree! As a result of the horticultural practice of grafting these two plants together, you can enjoy growing your own citrusy Fruit Cocktail Tree. If you like putting lemon slices in your iced tea and baking key lime pie, this tree will satisfy both cravings!
Two Fruits, One Tree
1. Meyer Lemons (Citrus x meyeri) are a result of crossing true lemons and mandarin oranges, which gives these lemon fruits a bit of a sweeter taste than the mouth-puckering juice of a conventional lemon.
2. Key Limes (Citrus x aurantiifolia) are so-named for the area in South Florida called the “Keys.” Only these limes are worthy of using in “true” key lime pie. They’re smaller than conventional limes, but they pack a burst of flavor in each fruit.
What About Cross-Pollination?
Many fruit trees have to be planted in pairs so they can cross-pollinate each other. But not so with the Fruit Cocktail Tree! You can plant only one tree and still harvest fresh fruits. However, if you plant more than one tree…particularly if you really love lemons and limes…you’ll have plenty of fruit to enjoy!
A Cold-Sensitive Remedy
If you’ve never grown your own citrus fruits because they aren’t winter-hardy in your climate zone, this is the tree to try. All you need is a brightly lit location in your home where the Fruit Cocktail Tree can overwinter when it’s cold outside -- a sunroom, solarium or in front of a sunny window is perfect. Simply pot your tree in a large container so you can move it inside when the temperatures turn cold in autumn. Gardeners who live in USDA plant hardiness zones 9-11 can plant this tree directly in the ground, where it will prosper year-round!