Poncirus trifoliata is an unusual shrub related to the citrus, however, it is extremely cold tolerant (fully hardy in the UK). It opens its white scented flowers in March-April, before the leaves appear and from September, masses of 4-5 cm large, bright yellow, lemon-like fruits develop (with a similar taste to the lemon; suitable for marmalade or for tea). During Autumn, the shrubs foliage turns a vibrant yellow which brightens up anyone’s garden. The plant is covered in large spines, and the stems stay green for several years, which gives a spectacular architectural appearance to the plant during the winter months. The Hardy Lemon is fast growing and drought tolerant, well suitable for containers whether that be for the garden or for a low hedge-barrier. Under warm climate, often used as the rootstock for grafting different citrus varieties due to its strong growth and cold tolerance. Hardy to at least -20C.
The intended main use of this plant is to grow food for human consumption. We always recommend further research to learn the different ways in which the food source can be prepared and consumed.