The Variegated Pink Lemon Tree
The Variegated Pink Lemon, sometimes called Pink Lemonade or Variegated Eureka Lemon, is a variation of Eureka lemon with light pink flesh and variegated leaves and rind. Juice found in the grocery store advertised as ‘pink lemonade’ does not come from this tree. Those products get their pink color from artificial dye.
This variegated version of the Eureka grows much smaller than its counterpart. Why? Only the green on the leaf is capable of photosynthesis. Consequently, there’s less possible surface area for photosynthesis to take place. This means less growth and a smaller tree.
|Common Name||Variegated Pink Lemon|
|Botanical Name||Citrus limon ‘Variegated Pink’|
|Location of Origin||Burbank, California|
|Can be grown in containers?||Yes|
|Fruit Shape||Round, Oval|
|Fruit Flavor||Sour just like normal lemon|
|Rind Texture||Slightly Rough|
|Flesh Color||White Yellow|
|Easy to Peel?||Average|
|Flower Color||Pale Pink|
|Mature Tree Height in Ground||4′ – 6′|
|Fruit Bearing Age||3-4 years old|
|Heat to Sweeten Fruit?||No|
|Temperature||Hardy to 32 ºF|
|Sunlight Required||Full Sun|
|Bloom Season in Minnesota||Year Round|
|Harvest Season in Minnesota||Year Round|
|Average Spring/Summer Watering||Once every 1-2 weeks, more often when hot|
|Average Fall/Winter Watering||Once every 3 weeks|
Guides for Growing in Containers
Late summer and early fall there were several new shoots and clusters of buds. Mid-September there were more buds.