Fragrant blossom, edible fruit on an evergreen tree. It is easy to understand why the humble citrus tree features in so many Australian gardens. The Merrywood range of espaliered citrus are grown in the open at our nursery on the Mornington Peninsula. We have chosen varieties that are excellent performers in a wide range of conditions.
Stock is available in a range of 33cm, 40cm and 50cm pot sizes with square lattice. A limited number of 50cm formal espaliers are also available.
This decorative small tree is extremely hardy. It produces masses of sweet smelling flowers that develop into small, tart fruit that can be left on the tree for a long time.
The Meyer is a small tree and few thorns when compared with the other varieties. Although cold tolerant, the Meyer will drop some leaves in winter. The Meyer crops very well and we recommend that your remove some fruit during seasons with heavy crops.
The emperor matures in winter. Its fruit has bumpy, thin skin that is slow to colour. But it is a sweet, juicy mandarin that holds well on the bush.
Maturing early winter and on, the Washington Navel has large, juicy and seedless fruit. It can be left on the tree for longer but will lose a little of its acidity.
An upright tree with pointed leaves the Nagami has teardrop fruit that is less tart than the Calamondin when left on the tree to develop fully.
Medium sized fruit with few seeds, the Tahitian matures in winter. Use while still green or can be left on the tree until yellow (but will lose some of its acidity).
The earliest of the manadarins, the Imperial has few seeds and is easy to peel. The Imperial should be thinned out on heavy crop years to encourage blossom for the next year.
Less vigorous and fewer thorns than the Lisbon, the Eureka's main crop matures in the winter months but can produce some fruit during the summer months.
The Kaffir produces distinctive double leaves that can be used fresh in Asian cooking. The fruit is bumpy and unusual. It is not juicy but the rind can be grated and used together with the leaves for cooking.
The blood orange is a sweet/tart fruit, with few seeds and matures in mid winter. The colour of its flesh varies from pink or orange with red streaks. Deepness of colour is generally better developed in warm inland areas with cool nights, but its juice is always have red tinge wherever you are.
An upright, vigorous tree the Lisbon produces medium sized fruit in the winter months with almost no fruit produced in summer.
Australian Blood (Australian Red Centre) a cross between an acidic mandarin and a native finger lime and has blood red flesh, rind and juice. Australian Outback (Australian Desert) developed from a selection of different native desert lime trees. It produces small green juicy fruits which ripen at Christmas. Australian Sunrise is a cross between a finger lime and a clamondin cumquat. It produces a pear shaped fruit.
With medium sized fruit the Valencia is ideal for juicing. Its fruit matures spring into summer and can be left on the tree for a long time. Remove some of the fruit while still small during years with heavy crops to encourage flowers for the next season.