Botanical Name: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis
Height: 5 - 6 feet.
Spacing: 1 plant per pot, or spaced 5 - 6 feet apart if planted in the ground in zones 10 and 11.
Depth: Plant at same depth as shipping pot.
Spread: 5 - 6 feet.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun.
Foliage: Oblong, glossy, slightly rumpled leaves, with serrated edges.
Blooms: Spring to Summer.
Fruit: Citrus that resembles the hands of Buddha. 6" to 12" fruit.
Form: Shrubby, open form tree.
Flower Form: Very small white flowers, tinged with purple, in short racemes.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained, rich soil.
Pruning: Prune to remove dead or broken branches. Prune after fruiting.
Comments: Wonderfully fragrant fruit, resembling the hands of Buddha are produced on this stunning tree! Perfume a room with the clean citrus fragrance, with hints of violets. The fruit has no pulp, juice, or seeds, but it is instead known for its delicious peel. Zest the peel onto fish, fresh salads, or use in desserts. Unlike other citrus, the pith is not bitter, so no need to separate it from the peel. 6 - 12" fruit splits at the opposite end of the stem and separates into segments that resemble human fingers. Peak season to produce fruit is late Fall to early Winter. This tree has a shrubby, open form. Excellent choice for a container on a sunny patio, or use as a houseplant. The fragrance is amazing.
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