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As with the other tropicals grown at Mount Vernon, the lemons are grown in pots so that they can be moved into a greenhouse for the winter.

Latin Name

Citrus limon



Type of Plant

Fruits Fruits
Tropical Tropical


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 20'
Max spread Max Spread: 15'


  • Edible
  • Flowering Tree
  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range



    Washington received a lemon tree in 1784 from Margaret Tilghman Carroll of Baltimore.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    9a 9b 10a 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 9a 9b 10a 10b

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