University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Lemon (Citrus limon)

Lemons grow on small, thorny citrus trees that reach a height of 10 to 20 feet. Leaves are ovate to oblong with very narrow or no petiole wings. The lemon has a white, fragrant flower with five petals. Lemons are oblong, yellow, and smooth-skinned, with a nipple at the blossom end. They may be slightly necked at the stem end. The flesh is buff colored, acid and aromatic. The lemon odor is characteristic of the leaves, rind and juice. Seeds are few, but present. Lemons are generally grown in South Florida and warmer areas of Central Florida.