In the United States, lemon trees started growing in the state of California many centuries ago. Then they spread to other areas, including the desert regions of Arizona. Thus today, in the midst of the arid weather in the desert, there are Arizona lemon trees. As they grow and take shape you begin to appreciate the aesthetic value of their existence.
Lemon trees are filled with leaves and flowers, along with the lemons which are bright yellow in color. The leaves on healthy lemon trees have a dark green color and there are thorns on most of the branches. As lemon trees grow in Arizona they bloom each year, and the blooms begin as buds that are red in color. The buds then turn into white flowers that have petals. Once the flowers appear they give off a very pungent, pleasant aroma.
Some Arizona lemon trees have seeds and others don't have seeds. In Arizona, lemon trees grow very tall, with some trees growing 20 to 30 feet. The smaller ones are kept that way by trimming and pruning. This process generally keeps the lemon trees smaller than the average height and facilitates easy picking of the lemons without the use of a tall ladder.
When the trees are cultivated in the right environment, the lemons will produce their famous tart flavor and will also have plenty of juice. The fruit is uniquely shaped, and since the lemons are fresh, they can be used in several different ways. One of the most popular ways to use the lemons is to make lemon juice. Using them this way you will be assured of a fresh batch every time. It also helps that these trees grow in areas where the climate is warm, as there is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Arizona is an ideal area where the lemon tree can thrive. Although Arizona is located in a warm region, it is important that the lemon trees are protected from freezing so they can grow properly. The lemon tree is in a continuous state of growth, and is therefore more sensitive to cold than other citrus trees such as orange trees, and is less able to recover from cold injury. Although it can freeze in Arizona, such weather rarely lasts more than a few days each winter and the temperature usually doesn't drop much below freezing. If the trees are in a region where there are freezing temperatures, they will not produce fruit or flowers, and Arizona lemon trees can eventually die.
The important thing to remember about growing lemon trees in Arizona is that they will continue to thrive as long as they are in an environment that allows growth. They have to receive adequate water, be protected from frost, and not be pruned too heavily in order to produce plump and juicy lemons. Give our tree service in Mesa a call.