The Yuzu Tree
The Yuzu is a hybrid citrus tree, Citrus ichangensis x Citrus reticulata, the fruit used widely in Asian cooking, both the rind and the juice are used. Used widely in Japanese, Chinese and Korean dishes this is an upright tree that is usually grown on a dwarfing rootstock so it will reach around 3m in height.
The beauty of this tree is that it will fruit productively in very cool climates. The fruit is very high in vitamin C although it the unique taste that the fruit has become popular. Best described as sour and spicy. It is an interesting alternative to lemons in many dishes. Use it as a substitute for grapefruit in marmalade, or a substitute for lemons in a lemon meringue pie. You can also combine it with chillies to make the Japanese seasoning Yuzu Kosho.
Tolerating a range of conditions except water logged soil, and shade the Yuzu can easily grown in a container if required. Similar conditions to most citrus. Be patient as the Yuzu does take a number of years to bear fruit, and beware of the thorns.
This is a self pollinating tree so only one is required for fruit production.
- Requires a sunny position and a well drained soil.
- Fertiliser is the same as for other citrus trees.
- Height – To around 5 metres although easily pruned to a more compact size.
- Fruiting season – From autumn through winter.
- Fertiliser – A slow release citrus fertiliser is adequate. Organic fertilisers are also suitable.
- Frost Tolerant – Yes
- Drought Tolerant- No
At present the Yuzu Tree is not readily available in Australia, however some some growers are in the process of limited production.
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