The humble lemon tree often gets overlooked when we talk about what to do in the garden because it’s the fruiting tree that is taken for granted, until you haven’t got one. There are over 100 different varieties grown worldwide, but only a few are grown in Australia. If you want a variety that you could almost guarantee some fruit for at least 9 months of the year, Eureka is your tree.
Thought to originate from Sicilian seed this variety made its way to Australia from California. A strong grower it produces enough lemons to feed the whole street when established.
A variety that is similar in flavour and growth habit to the Eureka is Lisbon and is usually identified if thorns appear.
For a mild juicy fruit ideal for pots or small gardens chose a Lemon Meyer. The fruit develops a dark yellow colour, has thin skin and fruits through winter.