Rio Red Grapefruit Tree

This item is out of stock.

Supplies are limited so make sure you don't miss out next time by having us automatically notify you when it becomes available again.


New Product!

About the Rio Red Grapefruit

Grow your own grapefruit! The Rio Red Grapefruit tree is a highly productive citrus tree that produces sweet, juicy fruit with deep red flesh. This grapefruit tree is a popular choice among gardeners for its flavorful fruit and beautiful appearance. Introduced to the public in 1984, by Texas A&M this tree remains one of America’s most sought-after grapefruit trees.

The Rio Red Grapefruit tree has dark green, glossy foliage and produces fragrant white flowers in the spring that give way to large, juicy fruit in the winter. These grapefruits are even sweeter than the common Ruby Red.

The plump fruit of the Rio Red is covered in a smooth, yellow rind that is easy to peel. The flesh of the fruit is mostly seedless, with deep red in color, and a sweet, tangy flavor that is perfect for eating on its own or adding to cocktails, salads, and other dishes.

How to Grow the Rio Red Grapefruit

Grapefruit trees are relatively easy to grow and can produce bountiful harvests of juicy, delicious fruit. The Rio Red is fast-growing and quick to bear, with no major pest or disease problems.

This self-fertile tree can be planted in the ground to reach the full height or can be pruned to stay in a large container. When grown as a potted patio plant, it will thrive anywhere in the country. Just bring it indoors during the cold months and place it near a sunny window.

Plant grapefruit trees in a location that receives plenty of sunlight and provides good drainage. Water the tree deeply once a week and fertilize it every few months with a citrus-specific fertilizer.

Overall, the Rio Red Grapefruit tree is a beautiful and productive addition to any garden!

Survival Guaranteed!

Since 1816, Stark Bro’s has promised to provide customers with the very best fruit trees and plants. It’s just that simple. If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will send you a free one-time replacement, with a nominal shipping fee of $9.99. If the item in question is not available, we can issue a one-time credit to your account equaling the original product purchase price or issue you a refund. Read more about our warranty policy.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Tangy
Texture Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 2 - 11

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 10 - 20' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 2 - 11 Outdoors: 8 - 11
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 compatibility range of this variety before ordering.
This item can be grown in colder climates if it's planted in a container and brought indoors during the winter months. If you're planting it outdoors in the ground, we recommend being within the outdoor zone range.


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!

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.

Shipping Information

Estimated Delivery Date

This item is currently out of stock.

Arrives when it's time to plant

Your success is our priority. We work hard to make sure that your order arrives at the ideal time for planting in your location based on your local climate conditions.


We've 'tagged' this item with specific keywords that help you find other products that share features or characteristics with this one. Select a tag below to view all the items that have that particular trait.

Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews