Yuzu (Japanese Citron)
Citrus junos, Yuzu (Japanese Citron)
Yuzu citron originated thousands of years ago in China as a natural hybrid between mandarin and Ichang papeda, from which it inherited its great cold hardiness. It produces edible fruits that are widely used in Japanese and Korean cuisine. In addition to their thousands of applications for juices, tea, cooking sauces, jams and even vinegar, the fruits can simply be used as a substitute for lemons in our kitchen. Their juice is fragrant and sour, with very pleasant notes.
When grafted on Poncirus trifoliata rootstock, this type of citrus plant can withstand without serious damage to about -12° C, and the plants can freeze to the ground with a long-term drop in temperature to -15° C or more. Even after dying to ground level, they recover quickly in the spring.
Yuzu citron can be grown without any protection on the southern Black Sea coast and in the warmer parts of southern Bulgaria, where figs do not freeze and are large trees. In other parts of the country, Yuzu can be grown with more or less winter protection, because unprotected plants will freeze to the ground too often and will not bear fruit.
The mother plant we use for propagation has been growing in Asenovgrad since 2004 and is currently a tree over 3 meters high. The last time it was damaged was in February 2012 and it now bears abundant fruit crops every year.
More information about this plant can be found in our forum (select your language at the top right there): http://forum.palmi.bg/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1744
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USDA zone:-15°C (zone 7b)
Winter effect:Evergreen plant
Sun exposure:Sun only
Soil pH+:neutral (pH 6,5-7,5)
Water need:drought resistant
In Open Ground:No protection
Difficulty in growing:Easy plant
Citrus rootstock:Citrus volkameriana