University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

The grapefruit tree is moderately large with a dense, spreading canopy. Leaves are large, broadly ovate, blunt- pointed, with large, winged petioles which are heart-shaped. The fragrant white flowers have four petals. Grapefruit is usually about the size of a softball. The fruit is round but often flattened at each end with a rind that is yellow, or yellow tinged with pink or red. The flesh is buff or pinkish-red in color and slightly bitter or tart in taste. Seeds may be absent, few, or many. Grapefruit is grown throughout Central and South Florida.