Chinese Grapefruit Tree (Citrus maxima ‘Rutaceae’)

Chinese Grapefruit Tree

  • Sweet Grapefruit Flavor
  • Pear-Shaped Fruit
  • Largest Citrus for Home Gardens
  • Vibrant Green Foliage
  • Easy to Manage Size
  • Fragrant White Blossoms
  • Light Green, Thick Skin
  • Juicy & Slightly Tart
  • Fresh Eating, Candy, Marmalades & Cooking
  • Great in Containers!
  • Colder Zones Can Grow Indoors
  • Full Sun

Basketball-sized grapefruit? That’s a joke, right? With the Chinese Grapefruit (Citrus maxima) it’s not a joke at all! The Chinese Grapefruit is the largest of all the edible Citrus fruits out there.

Given free rein, the fruit can actually grow to be BIGGER than a basketball. However, these are typically picked earlier. Similar to the Pomelo tree, they are far larger than any Grapefruit you can find at the store.

Chinese Grapefruits are also sweeter than the typical grocery store fare! They have a sweet opening taste with a nice tartness to finish off. Use them to eat fresh, to cook with, to candy or to make juice.

They have a very thick, vibrant green rind that keeps the lightly pinkish-peach flesh well protected. Despite the thick skin, once you taste it, you’ll be convinced the effort was worth it when you reach the ‘prize’ in the middle!

These sweet-tart jewels have been cultivated for centuries in Southeast Asia and are increasingly found in the Citrus growing regions of the US. Now available in a convenient home orchard-sized tree.

How to Use Chinese Grapefruit Tree In The Landscape

Be thrilled by the ornamental appeal of these modest-sized trees! The fragrant white blooms are as attractive to you as they are to local pollinators!

Passersby will crane their necks when the enormous fruit dangles from the strong limbs! Gorgeous trees on their own, once these fruit start forming, your tree will look incredible as a specimen and focal point planting!

You’ll definitely receive accolades once you share your crop with friends and family! Your tree is vigorous and productive, so you’ll have plenty to go around!

Balcony and container gardeners can enjoy this fantastic variety of citrus too! Perfect as a small accent tree or highlight these in a large planter by your front entry. You’ll enjoy the stylish look of a row of potted Grapefruit and other Citrus trees in formal rows along a walkway, pool or patio!

Northern gardeners will not miss out either – simply move your tree into a full sun window or enclosed patio for the winter.

Tips For Care

Fruit trees need full sun for the best fruit, there’s no way around it. Add a grow light for indoor and porch trees if your sunlight is lacking.

Plant in enriched, loose soil, that is very well-drained, on the acidic side. Fertilize 3 – 4 times a year with an acid-loving or citrus tree fertilizer.

Go light on the water, since Citrus prefers to dry out a bit between waterings and despise soggy roots. Hardy in zones 9-11 if protected from frost, and can be grown in a container in all zones if moved indoors when temperatures will be below 40 degrees.

Chinese Grapefruit Tree (Citrus maxima ‘Rutaceae’) Details

Common name Chinese Grapefruit Tree
Botanical name Citrus maxima 'Rutaceae'
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone Outdoors 8-11; Patio 4-11
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3 - 5 Years
Height 8 - 10 ft.
Width 4 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Fruiting
Flower color White
Leaf color Green