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A favorite of farmers markets and home cooks. Enjoy growing fragrant flowers and tasty, thin-skinned Meyer lemons. This lovely tree adapts well to growing in containers or growing in the ground in temperate climates. May bloom again while fruit still remains on the tree, allowing for different harvest intervals. Introduced to the U.S. in 1908. Heat-tolerant. Fruit takes about 6-9 months to ripen. Harvest in late summer through winter. Self-pollinating.

  • Mature size can be kept smaller by pruning.
  • If you live in a cooler climate, plant these warm-weather plants in containers so that you can move them indoors before freezing temperatures arrive.


Bloom Color Purple, White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet/tart
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 9 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 9 - 10
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 3 - 5' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow citrus trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Had to leave my 20 year old lemon tree behind when we moved- Wanted a new house plant
Rebecca S on Sep 19, 2019
Gifts for 70th birthdays. They loved mine, soooo
karen b on Aug 14, 2019
Had to leave my 20 year old lemon tree behind when we moved- Wanted a new house plant
Rebecca S on Sep 19, 2019
we use a lot of lemons and they are lovely
jennifer m on Aug 31, 2019
Gifts for 70th birthdays. They loved mine, soooo
karen b on Aug 14, 2019
Just finished building a high tunnel greenhouse and have to fill it. Hoping some of the pests won???t be able to get the tree.
Cole G on Aug 8, 2019
Size was nice and great price!
Cecelia B on Aug 5, 2019
These are actually going into a very large panther chameleon enclose. These will make a beautiful setting. I could email the company pictures if you would like to see how this turns out.... plus another bonus was your guarantee
Pamela H on Aug 3, 2019
I want an indoor lemon tree for our family to enjoy blossom and fruit.
Yuliya K on Aug 2, 2019
Want to try growing lemons to use
Kimberly M on Jul 29, 2019
Gift for my friend.
Sylvia M on Jul 3, 2019
years ago we had a little lemon that we were growing indoors. we want to try our hand at growing one again now that we have a young daughter who also loves growing and gardening.
Rachael W on Jun 10, 2019
lemons smell so great. growing indoors in winter is so nice
Brenda B on Jun 8, 2019
Was looking for a Meyer Lemon Plant from a long time found the price fair enough that is the reason for choosing it.
Shruthi K on May 31, 2019
love the taste of Meyer lemons
Margaret C on May 31, 2019
I wanted a small lemon tree that I could actually harvest fruit from relatively soon. My research on the subject led me to the Meyer lemon. I found Stark Bros to have to best price and most reasonable shipping charge of those dealers I considered.
Tommie S on May 26, 2019
I have a colleague who ordered this lemon tree and strawberries from Stark's and he raves about them so I thought I would start with the lemon tree and if all goes well I'll do oranges and strawberries next
JeMare W on May 14, 2019
A friend suggested this product.
Franklin S on May 9, 2019
My mother loves lemons it for her bday
Elaine G on Apr 26, 2019
Have had before love them
Kathleen A on Apr 26, 2019
I bought a fig tree from Stark Bros and i am so amazed now the figs a growing. i am return customer and very pleased with the quality
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nawaz r on Apr 23, 2019
I've heard Meyer Lemon trees make wonderful houseplants, and the lemons are sweeter and more flavorful than the ones you'd find in grocery stores. I love plants that are both functional and ornamental.
Rory R on Apr 22, 2019
Hopefully will receive fruit and enjoy the fragrance while in bloom.
Keith P on Apr 15, 2019
Read about growing indoor lemon trees in "Birds & Blooms" magazine.
Anna W on Apr 3, 2019
want one of these for my solarium
Lori W on Apr 2, 2019
Wanted a lemon that will grow in the house and fruit.
DENNIS T on Apr 2, 2019
Wanted to try growing lemons
Eleanor G on Mar 31, 2019
House plant
Alice S on Mar 30, 2019
I have several kinds of plants I keep in pots, and this seems like a nice addition.
Jonathan C on Mar 21, 2019
I plan to grow as a container plant and because I love lemons and use them in many ways.
Mona C on Mar 20, 2019
I have a dwarf lemon tree, and the lemons are much juicier and sweeter than the ones in the grocery stores, which are not fully ripened when picked/shipped. Like most things, better when picked fresh. So we wanted to add to our collection.
Linda L on Mar 15, 2019
I love the way it looks
Nancy L on Mar 10, 2019
I have one of these, and am so happy with its progress.
Lydia B on Jul 18, 2018
Because it???s beautiful and growing all year around
Zeidan J on Jun 28, 2018
I???m a Meyer lemon ???? ???lover???
Martha L on Jun 16, 2018
I've previously had three Meyer lemon plants and love the taste of them. They were easy to grow and made the house smell wonderful.
Linda S on May 12, 2018
My mother has this variety of Lemon tree and it is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. The fruit is WONDERFUL and juicy. I hope mine will grow as BEAUTIFUL and healthy as hers.
I live in North Pole, Alaska and will have to keep mine indoors, so it will be interesting to see how it does.
Lynne S on May 11, 2018
i love Meyer lemons, why not try growing my own
Wendy F on May 8, 2018
Something different other than the usual Mother's Day gift
Rebekah A on May 5, 2018
We have one and it is great!!
Gerald D on Apr 26, 2018
Have 2 of these already. Wanted to add a 3rd.
JAMES L on May 2, 2017
My friend has one and it is awesome
June P on May 1, 2017
Great mothers day gift
Karen G on Apr 26, 2017
I love lemon pie and have not had a decent lemon since I left California. I am hoping that these lemons will be as good as the ones that I had in Cali.
Marianne E on Apr 23, 2017
Family has always had Meyer lemon trees .
Amanda C on Apr 15, 2017
My friend has one - great lemons,
Peggy W on Apr 12, 2017
to add to my potted citrus collection
ROBERT K on Mar 20, 2017
looks fun to grow... and it would be awesome if i could get lemons fresh in PA on a tree!
David L on Mar 18, 2017
A friend recommended that I try this as a house plant.
ANN L on Mar 18, 2017
I have a glassed sunroom and this Meyer Lemon will be perfect. I can keep the temp safe for this tree even though we have some cold and freezing winter weather.
Marcia L D on Mar 18, 2017
Can't resist the fragrance alone this provides. They are an instant mental pick up as well as a fun indoor companion in the winter. A friend started one from seeds but I wanted one already partially grown.
Anna M on Mar 17, 2017
My daughter has always wanted a lemon tree.
John M C on Feb 6, 2017
we use a lot of lemons and they are lovely
jennifer m on Aug 31, 2019
Just finished building a high tunnel greenhouse and have to fill it. Hoping some of the pests won???t be able to get the tree.
Cole G on Aug 8, 2019
i need to grow this meyer lemon plant indoors..In my kitchen.... Is this possible?
nancy r on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely, it is. I have provided a detailed answer of exactly how to do it in another post. These are wonderful little trees and they will survive the winter indoors.
I want this as indoor plant, says it is incompatible for my area, does this mean for indoor too?
Sheila B on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You absolutely CAN grow this product indoors. The reason you were advised that the product was incompatible for your area is because citrus trees - such as this lemon tree - cannot survive freezing. Accordingly, they are restricted to climates where the temperature does not dip below the freezing mark. By contrast, virtually no one ever allows his indoor temps to dip that low, hence the tree will survive indoors during the winter - you may move it outdoors in the summer. Be careful near windows - sometimes the temp just adjacent to the window gets quite cold esp if you lower your heat at night or when you go away for the weekend. Be sure to push your tree back from the window if you set your thermostat very low at night. I lost a fig tree by being careless about this practice. Citrus trees are wonderful indoor trees in the winter when everything is so dreary outside. Be sure you keep increasing the pot size as your tree grows. Put it on a small appliance dolly so you can wheel it onto the porch in the summer or else wheel it away from the window if you go away for a winter vacation.
Can I plant this tree inside in a pot? Will it do well by growing inside? I live in Colorado
Anna R on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Anna,

You can absolutely plant this tree inside in a pot, as that is what I do with all of my citrus trees. I planted mine in a 4 gallon pot filled with citrus potting soil mix. Although this type of soil is likely recommended for citrus, my father has planted his in Pro Mix and they are doing just fine. Just place the trees in front of a sunny window in the house or under a plant light and they should do just fine!

I do also want to note that the trees go outside on my patio in the spring and summer (when the threat of temperatures below 40 degrees F is gone). However, this may lead to the need to watch for spider mites when you bring them back in for the cooler months.

Good luck!
will I get lemons first year?
sar b on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have had lots of blossoms and have 3 tiny lemons growing now.
The plant is lovely, waiting for warm weather to put it outside where it will
get lots more sun.
can this tree thrive indoors?
GIles B on Feb 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It can survive indoors with care, but might not produce as well as outdoors. It needs a lot f sunlight and warmth indoors. It also helps if you can put it outside during the summer for additional sunlight. but being careful it does not get too much water when it's outside. We live in Zone 7a and put ours outside all summer and it's now doing fine indoors for the winter. We have also been in a warmer zone where we had a Meyer Lemon that was outdoors year-round. We have found that the citrus trees we've had that we can't keep outdoors all year round, due to the weather, do not produce as much fruit, if any. This is normal and expected. That being said, the Meyer Lemon is a great tree, even indoors, and if properly cared for, will be a joy to own. We do recommend it. Hope this helps.
Can these be grown indoors?
Mary L on Mar 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These do well growing year round as long as you winter them inside, preferably in a window that gets lots of sun. I keep mine in pots (5 gallon buckets) and have them outside in the Missouri summer. Make sure they are watered well, mainly the mid section of the dirt where roots are. In the winter they will still flourish and bloom if kept watered and in a sunny fairly warm area. Even with the sub freezing weather this year (2018) mine have lots of blooms and hopefully lots of lemons this summer. Lemons are delicious.
What Size of Fruit does this produce?
MICHAEL WAYNE T on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Meyer Lemons are the same size or slightly larger than the lemons in the grocery store.
I grow Meyer lemon because the lemons are far superior in flavor compared to the standard lemons .

Brad Wayland 3/24/16
Can you grow these lemon trees inside home near bright window?
Bev A on Mar 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have had my Meyer Lemon plant for two year here in Massachusetts. I place it outdoors when there is no danger of frost and indoors near an Easterly facing window when I bring it indoors. Except for the first winter when I nearly killed it by over-watering, it is thriving and productive.
Can these grow indoors?
K C C on Apr 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: They were developed as a variety that will grow and produce fruit in a container. I have mine in huge pots growing year round in a heated high tunnel. (Like a greenhouse). If you do not have this set up, you can grow them outside in warm weather, but must bring them in so they do not freeze. They may drop leaves when you move them inside though.
how to fertilize ?
jerry h on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought my Meyer Lemon last spring. I live in zone 5 so I planted it in a pot. I kept it outside until temperature was getting in low 40s at night. For fertilizer I used a 1-1-1 liquid fish fertilizer I mixed with water. I gave it a good soaking with it every 2 weeks. I thought I had a fair amount of growth with the plant and I did get 2 lemons from the plant.
Do the trees come with fruit on them?
Valerie P on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, they come as baby trees. I got mine last year and it is doing really well - this year it has put out two tiny lemons - we will see how they do. I think it usually takes a couple of years before they fruit.
Will this tree produce fruit this year?
Sirrommie J on May 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Probably not the first year. All the shock of shipping, re-potting, etc., it probably won't have fruit the first year. Mine had blooms and fruit the first year, but they fell of long before maturation. So far this year, I have 13 fruit on the tree. We will see if they survive until maturity.
Does this Meyer lemon tree come with lemons on tree as shown in pictures ?
nancy r on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. Mine did not come with lemons on it. The picture is what it might look like if you take good care of it. I bought mine about a year ago. It grew three little lemon this past year. Very cute. I live in Wisconsin, so I put it out in the summer, and brought it in for the winter.
Can you keep these indoors?
Wendy S on Mar 7, 2018
I live in the midwest. I keep it outside from May until Oct and inside the rest of the year. It's doing great! In a nice sunny spot, I don't see why you couldn't keep it inside all the itme.
Do Meyer lemon trees have thorns? I purchased one from Stark this past spring & noticed the thorns.
Linda O on Jul 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They have some soft thorns when they're young, which diminish as they age.
my tree just rebloomed and its the end of June is this normal?
jlwoodall on Jun 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, that is perfectly normal. My tree has fruit and reblooms often. That way you always have a fruit that is growing.
How can you tell when they are ripe and ready to pull off??
Juanita W on Jun 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It usually takes from six to nine months for the fruit to ripen which for us is usually around around December. The fruit starts out green from the bloom and by late
October you will notice the fruit beginning to change to the yellow color.
By the first week in December it will be bright yellow with a hint of orange, that is the best time to pick but the fruit can stay on the tree for another six months without going bad.
Last year we got nine lemons the size of grapefruits from one tree and we look forward to see what our new ones will produce this year. We have a Stark Bros. orange tree that has over forty oranges on it!
will this lemon grow in my sun room?
charles h on May 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mine has done well the first two years outdoors in zone 4B for the summer and under grow lights for the winter
Is this a dwarf or semi-dwarf tree?
Alidea20 on May 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have had mine for a couple of years in a medium to large long as it is watered well, it seems to be growing well (definitely dwarf).
when and how to prune my lemon tree?
Manuel P on Apr 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You will find your answers on this link:
Do Meyer lemons have a lemon orange or just lemon taste?
Beth W on Sep 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Lemon, but not as sour as other lemons.
the lemon tree is perenne?
maggie on Mar 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you mean a perennial, yes it is. It just finished flowering and the lemons will grow all summer long. I place my potted Meyer Lemon outside all summer in full sun. Last year we had three lemons. I am thrilled with my purchase. If you take care of it properly it should last you a lifetime. I hope this answer helps you!
Can Meyer lemons survive cold climates?
Tresa C on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Tresa,No cirtrus fruit - including Meyer lemons - can survive cold climates. The first frost will kill the tree. However, having said that, it does not mean you can not have one if you live in places where the temp drops below 32 degrees. What you need to do is put them in pots and bring them inside in the winter. When you first get these trees, they will be very small and an rather small pot will do. Over the years the grow bigger and bigger so it is no small feat to move them in and out. What you do is to put the larger pots on a nice dolly and you wheel it in and out of your porch or patio in the spring and fall. I have 3 huge trees now and, believe it or not, I put the pot on a Staples wheeling file crate (very inexpensive) and wheel them on my porch. The actual pot has drainage holes but you put that pot inside a waterproof even larger pot which, in turn, goes inside the wheeling file crate. You then wheel them around and they DO actually produce some fruit although we are talking a lemon or two - not a tree covered with lemons. They look great and you will love them. Absolutely you should buy one but make sure you bring it inside before the first frost.
Is this the improved meyer?
Brent H on Aug 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is a classic Meyer lemon.
what is the maximum height of this dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree?
Lee N on Jul 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mature sizes are shown above, in the Size & Spacing section. When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 3 - 5' wide.
I would like to send this to a friend who's recuperating from surgery. How does it look when it arrives? Is it potted? Does it have leaves? or will she have to do the potting?
Catherine C on Jul 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That's very nice of you. This is a "baby tree" that comes potted in a 4" pot. It should have some leaves on it, yes, but it will need to be transplanted within a week or two to a larger pot.
I???m in zone 5, how well will these trees do when kept during late spring, summer and early autumn, put into the garage basement, or in a warm sun lite room.
Are any of these dwarfs that can live easily indoors?
Deborah O on Jun 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All dwarf citrus trees can be grown indoors. These trees do not go dormant and shouldn't be kept in a basement or garage that gets any colder than 60 degrees. All they need is a sunny window, proper nutrition and even watering and they'll do great. We have hundreds of customers who grow these indoors; the Zone recommendation is if you're going to plant it in the ground,
Why does my Meyer lemon plants lose all. It???s leaves in the summer when i have lemons?
Carol H on Jun 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The answer will depend upon whether the tree is indoors or outdoors. If it's outdoors, excessive heat and not enough rainfall can cause leaf drop. Indoors, either over- or underwatering cause the problem. If it's in a container, the tree could be rootbound. If the roots have reached the edge of the pot, it's time to either pot up or root-prune the tree and repot.
What lemon and orange tree can grow in zone 8b?
Catie on Feb 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can grow this Meyer Lemon or the Calamondin Orange tree in Zone 8b; you would just need to plant them in a container and bring them indoors to a sunny window for the winter. We have many, many customers who do this with great success.
I want to order to arrive 2 days before Thanksgiving as gifts. Do you ship to Arizona this time of year?
Sharon T on Oct 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you would like us to ship your order at a different time, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. We would be glad to help you arrange what suits you and your growing zone best.

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Fragrant flowers, easy
We've only had the tree for a couple of months, and it has 26 flowers on it, and 5 have opened. It smells wonderful. Can't wait for fruit. This tree has such low needs - I recommend it to anyone.
February 20, 2016
over 3 years ago
Meyer Lemon
I bought 2, love them. Tons of blooms with full size lemons. I'll be buying more as gifts!
February 27, 2016
over 4 years ago
Bought two last year
One didn't make it indoors over the winter. I wonder if it just tried to do too much. I got them in early spring of 2015 and both produced lemons! Couldn't believe it. One got infected with spider mites though and I couldn't rescue it. The other is outdoors on my deck now and has doubled in size - I have it in a 2 gallon pot. No lemons or even blossoms this summer but it looks super healthy.
August 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
This tree refused to grow. It would get blossoms, then fruit, then the leaves would all fall off. Hardly any new growth at all. It is smaller now than when I got it. I have done everything right as far as soil, light, water, and fertilizer.
May 19, 2017
over 3 years ago
Smells great and already bears fruit
I got two of these and they just took off. They are pretty hardy (one is in less than ideal spot that is too shady and I forget to water it from time to time) yet they are already covered in tiny little lemons. I liked them so much that I just ordered more as gifts. Stark Brothers have provided me with quality plants and trees for years and these are my favorite thus far. Healthy hardy plant that makes me happy every time I see it.
February 21, 2016
over 4 years ago
Failure to thrive
The tree just won't grow. It's in a great sunny spot, we have used citrus fertilizers, just won't take off like our orange tree did (purchased at the same time).
May 11, 2016
over 4 years ago
Good Quality
The Meyer lemon arrived in good shape. Potted it up and placed it in a sunny spot on the patio. Living in Minnesota, the only time you can have tropicals outside are in the summer months. The plant got lots of blooms on it and set several fruit. Placing it indoors before cool weather and in a sun room during the winter. Now during May It currently has one large lemon on it and many blooms. I will place out on patio again when the weather warms enough. i have tried to cross pollinate with a brush myself without much luck. One it gets outside again nature should do a better job. Overall a good product and I like the challenges of citrus fruit growing in Minnesota!
May 7, 2017
over 3 years ago
Meyer Lemon
The plant came in good shape, and healthy. Shipping took longer than expected, but I believe that was due to best shipping date for other items in my purchase. I would definately recomend stark nursery, good quality, and prompt customer service.
March 3, 2016
over 4 years ago
Meyers lemon happy
I live in NC and bought my little tiny bush last summer. I have it in a container and brought it inside for the winter. Sat it in a sunny window, kept it watered and it flourished and now the pot is back outside in a dappled sunny spot acclimating to being back outdoors. Will move back into full sun by end of May. Has bloomed and had a few half dollar sized lemons on it. Can't wait till they are ready. Very happy owner and very happy bush.
May 12, 2016
over 4 years ago
Meyer Lemon made it through it's first year :)
I am very happy that my Meyer Lemon made it through it's first year. Although it hasn't gotten incredibly big it is doing really well. I transplanted it this spring to a larger container and moved it outdoors. Fertilizer at regular intervals has helped as well. There is one beautiful green lemon which is a nice beginning. I bought a small plant lamp mid winter when I thought it looked a bit under the weather and it made a world of difference- I highly recommend if it is hard for you to get a lot of direct sunlight during the day where you live. Most importantly though I am so happy with all the plants I have bought from Stark - quality products. I got peaches for the first time this year on a tree I ordered from them. I also have apple, and dogwood trees from them that are thriving and look forward to placing a blueberry plant order this fall.
July 10, 2017
over 3 years ago