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CITRUS maxima 'Pink Sensation'

Image of Citrus maxima 'Pink Sensation'

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Rutaceae

Botanical Name

CITRUS maxima 'Pink Sensation'

Plant Common Name

Pummelo

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General Description

Pummelo is a large, tropical evergreen fruit tree with a dense canopy of thorny branches and thick glossy green or variegated leaves. It is native to southeastern Asia and the southwestern Pacific Islands. Pummelo is grown for its large, round, sweet and mildly acidic, edible fruits with a yellow peel and yellow to pink pulpy flesh. The fruits range from seedy to seedless and sour flavor from sour to sweet. Trees range from standard size to dwarf and are grown for their decorative appearance as well as for fruit production. Like other citrus species, pummelo trees have fragrant flowers.

Pummelo trees perform best in full-sun, well-drained soil and hot summers. Rainfall is abundant from spring to fall but markedly less in winter. They may be planted as fruit trees, specimen shade trees, or hedges. Smaller cultivars may be planted in containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-50' / 6.1m - 15.2m (30)

  • Width

    20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia, Polynesia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    White, Yellow, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray Green, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Shade Trees, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes