Genoa Lemon Tree (Citrus x ‘Genoa’)

Genoa Lemon Tree

  • Large Italian Lemon
  • Glossy Green Evergreen Leaves
  • Densely Growing Foliage
  • Vigorous Growth
  • Fewer Thorns
  • Shrubby Form & Space-Saving Size
  • Great Container Plant
  • Antique Lemon Tree
  • Plant in Ground, Espalier or Containers Outdoors
  • High Oil Content Rind
  • Juicy & Flavorful
  • Multi-Purpose Fruit!
  • Baking, Cooking, Drinks & Household Uses!

The Genoa Lemon is an antique Italian Lemon that is similar to the Eureka. It is popular for its dense foliage and vigorous growth! The Genoa Lemon (Citrus x ‘Genoa’) was brought to the United States over a hundred years ago.

It has always been a cherished variety however it has grown in popularity! Grown in Genoa Italy and introduced in 1875, these have high levels of oil in the rinds and make excellent Limoncello and zest.

This Lemon tree grows in a shrub-like form, growing wider rather than tall, making it quite easy for you to harvest these delicious Lemons. Its size also makes it ideal for container planting! Space-saving and easy to reach crops of large, vivid yellow fruit, that ripens on the tree.

Covered in fragrant, beautiful white blossoms, the pollinators will love this tree as much as you do! The densely growing, glossy green foliage remains vibrant year-round while the compact form highlights your garden as a four-season accent.

You know that lemons are rich in Vitamin C, but did you know they also provide potassium and folic acid? Great for detox diets, just squeeze your own lemon into a glass of water as a morning pick me up. The juice is incredible and abundant, and easy to squeeze from these sizeable fruits!

How to Use Genoa Lemon Tree In The Landscape

The fruits on this robust shrub ripen throughout the year on branches that are less thorny than some lemon varieties. The brightly colored peel is very high in lemon oil making it great for use in flavorings. The juice is perfect for marinades and drinks.

Useful for a wide variety of household uses, the oil of the rind makes cleaning products and air fresheners. Plus a range of uses for beauty and health!

For flavorful desserts and savory dishes, these lemons impart their true lemon flavor into any dish you prepare! Add a slice of lemon as a garnish to dishes or drinks, create outstanding baked goods and use the zest to further add that incredible burst of flavor!

The Genoa Lemon Tree is a versatile tree. The fruit is beautiful and healthy, and the size makes it easily added to any patio, garden, balcony or even as a houseplant! Already smaller, space-saving trees, Genoa can be pruned smaller yet to use indoors or to easily fit into any space or property!

You can even try your hand at training your tree into something truly unique by pruning Genoa into an Espalier tree! You’ll not only have a fantastically modern, yet old-world look with this technique but one heck of a conversation piece!

Fantastic for adding tropical flair and beauty along poolside, patio or porches, a row of potted Citrus trees add an exotic and formal touch! Stand a specimen or pair of potted sentries to welcome guests to your front door, or plant one outside in your backyard garden for fresh lemons on hand!

Use as pinpoint shade in any sunny setting, set your reading chair nearby and enjoy the scent of the blooms! Cooling your balcony and patio and be able to easily reach out and pluck a fresh lemon right off your tree!

These Citrus trees look highly ornamental planted anywhere on your property! The glossy evergreen foliage highlights the glistening, fragrant white blossoms and later on in the growing season, further standing out the bright yellow fruit for an amazing display!

Tips For Care

Citrus trees do need the full sun, as much as you can give them! For indoor trees, provide a grow light to supplement their daylight hours. Hardy in the ground for zones 9 and 10, these display good cold resistance when temperatures dip.

Water moderately and allow Citrus to dry out slightly between waterings and greatly dislike soggy soil. Plant your tree in very well-draining soil that will allow water to drain quickly. Provide extra drainage holes to keep water from building up.

Plant in a loose medium in very well-enriched soil, and fertilize 3 to 4 times a year with a good citrus tree fertilizer or acid-loving plant fertilizer, especially when planted in pots and planters.

Head over to our Garden Blog for more info on caring for your Citrus tree, container Citrus tree care, and to have the best success with your tree. Northern growers that need to bring in their trees for the winter and how to best care for them indoors and out!

Genoa Lemon Tree (Citrus x ‘Genoa’) Details

Common name Genoa Lemon Tree
Botanical name Citrus x 'Genoa'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 9-10 (Patio 4-10)
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Year Round
Height 8 - 12 ft.
Width 4 - 6 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Harvest
Flower color White