Citrus trees grow very well in the Sacramento Valley!
They are evergreen trees or large shrubs, with wonderfully fragrant flowers and showy fruit in winter. There are varieties that ripen in nearly every season. Citrus prefer deep, infrequent waterings, regular fertilizer applications, and may need protection from freezing weather.
For information on planting and care, click here. For information on winter care of citrus, click here.
We usually sell citrus on rootstocks that make them grow more slowly, so we like to call them "semi-dwarf". We can also special-order most varieties on rootstocks that allow them to grow larger. Citrus size can be controlled by pruning.
The following citrus varieties are available from the Redwood Barn Nursery, and are recommended for our area unless otherwise noted in the description.
(Varieties not currently in stock can be special-ordered.)
Descriptions courtesy of Four Winds Growers, our primary supplier.
Note: we do not ship citrus trees. If you are interested in mail-ordering contact Four Winds Growers
Best selling winter-ripening variety. Early and heavy bearing.
Cultivar of Washington Navel.
California's famous winter-ripening variety. Fruit ripens in
Fabled orange from Middle East. Very few seeds. spring to
summer ripening. Good flavor.
Spring ripening. Good in many locations from coastal areas to
desert. Few seeds, heavy producer, excellent flavor.
Summer-ripening orange for juicing or eating. Fifteen months
to ripen. Grow your own orange juice.
Essential for authentic English marmalade. Used fresh or dried
in Middle Eastern cooking.
Deep blood coloration, almost purple-red, even in California
coastal areas. Very productive, early maturity, distinctive aroma, exotic
A deep blood red juice and rind. Tart, spicy flavor. Stores
well on tree.
Mandarins / Tangerines
The best-known Mandarin type. On fruit stands at Christmas
Hardiest of all mandarins. Ripens in December, January.
Seedless, peels easily.
From North Africa. Ripens about a month after Satsuma, good
In Florida called Honey. Flesh orange colored. Tender, very
juicy, rich tangerine flavor. Spring ripening.
Produces large crops of lemons annually. Standard market
variety. Easy to espalier.
Fruit quite similar to Eureka. Thornier, dense foliage. Ample
year-round crop. Good inland.
Improved Meyer Lemon
Not a "true" lemon, but very popular for compact habit. Great in containers. Not as tart as Eureka or Lisbon; a bit more of an
orange flavor. Prolific bearer. Much midwinter fruit. Can flower and fruit nearly year-around. California state tested, virus-free clone.
Variegated Pink Lemon
Unique! Distinctive green and yellow variegated foliage.
Lemons have pink flesh,clear juice, acidic lemon flavor. Fuchsia-colored new
growth and flower buds.