The Different Types of Lemon Trees

types of lemon trees

Lemons are a versatile fruit mostly used as flavoring in food and even as a garnish for alcoholic beverages. It’s powerful citrus flavor is generally considered too strong to eat the fruit by itself which is why it finds its way into other foods as an ingredient.

Lemon trees are actually part of the evergreen family that originated in Asia and are considered a citrus tree hybrid. There are a bunch of lemon tree types that produce their own variety of lemon which its own characteristics. Below is a list of the different types of lemon trees.

Bonnie Brae

The Bonnie Brae lemon tree is most often seen in the San Diego County area. It’s most prominent characteristics are that it is seedless, is an oblong shape, and has very thin smooth skin.

Bush Lemon

The bush lemon tree can grow in extreme heat and has been known to reach a height of 10 feet or more. This thorny, brush-like tree is native to Australia, and produces lemons that are thick skinned and filled with seeds.


Eureka lemon trees produce the fruit that is most often seen in grocery stores. Their lemons are known as the “four seasons” lemons because the Eureka tree blooms and yields fruit year round. Originating in California, the Eureka is one of the most popular and abundant varieties on landscapes.

Femminello St. Teresa

Sometimes referred to as the Sorrento, the Femminello St. Teresa lemon tree is native to Italy and produces extremely fragrant lemons that are used most often to flavor limoncello, the lemon liqueur.


Fino lemon trees are slightly thorny and are similar to Verna lemon trees. Although the Fino lemons contain less juice than Verna lemons, their juice is highly more acidic.


The Jhambiri tree’s lemons are rough-skinned and bright yellow. Although the tree yields lemons with extremely sour pulp, they are popular in South Asia.


Libson lemon trees are native to Australia and yield fruit from summer until fall. The tree is covered in thorns and produces bitter lemons that have a very high seed count.


The Meyer lemon tree grows to about 8 feet in height and produces thin-skinned round lemons that are typically more of a yellow-orange color. They are a more frost-resistant tree that can be kept indoors since they have a more compact shape.


Producing very bumpy thick-skinned lemons, the Ponderosa lemon tree is considered a lemon-citron hybrid. Ponderosa lemon trees are thorny and can reach heights of 15 feet or more. They are highly frost intolerant and as such, only grow in warm or hot climates.

Variegated Pink

The Variegated Pink lemon tree grows young fruit that are green and striped. Once the fruit has matured they turn a deep yellow and have an inner pink flesh. These trees can grow as tall as 15 feet if planted outdoors, and have fragrant white blooms.


The Villafranca is known to yield lemons all year long. The lemons that the Villafranca lemon tree produces are low in seeds and high in quality juice.


A Spanish variety, the Verna lemon tree produces florescent yellow fruit that are large and thick-skinned. The tree itself has few thorns and usually yields fruit at least twice a year. The lemons have very few seeds and a high quantity of juice.

Yen Ben

Popular in New Zealand, the Yen Ben lemon tree yields smooth, thin-skinned fruit. It can produce fruit several times a year, but is usually harvested during fall and winter. With warm weather and maximum sunlight exposure these trees can reach heights of over 10 feet.

And there you have all of the different types of lemon trees. If I’ve forgotten any or you just want to let everyone know your favorite, go ahead and leave a comment down below.


  1. What is best variety you think is applicable or beneficial for me here in Philippines? Thank you and more power.

  2. What is the best variety for me to grow here in Philippines? Thank you and more power.

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