If you like the idea of growing your own fruits, you’ll love these dwarf citrus trees that can be easily grown right in your backyard! Dwarf citrus trees are miniature sizes of the regular sized trees; whether they be oranges, limes, or lemons, the possibilities are endless!

Not only is growing your own citrus trees super rewarding, but it also saves you a ton of money, and is a great way to have fruits in small spaces! Another great benefit to growing small citrus trees is that they grow easily in pots, making them the perfect decorative tree as well!

Dwarf Citrus Trees

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ClimateWaterLightSizePlanting Time
USDA zones 8-11. Temperatures
must be above 10F (-12C).
2-8 ft
Fall or Spring

Dwarf Tree Varieties:

Dwarf Orange Varieties:

dwarf orange tree
  • “Washington” navel oranges
  • Valencia oranges
  • Palestine Jaffa oranges
  • Trovita oranges
  • Robertson navel oranges (smaller)
  • Marrs oranges (smaller)
  • Sanguinelli blood oranges
  • Moro blood oranges
  • Tarocco blood oranges
  • Bouquet de Fleurs (sour orange)
  • Chinotto (sour orange)

Dwarf Mandarin Varieties:

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Lemon & Lime Dwarf Varieties:

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  • Improved Meyer lemons
  • Ponderosa lemons
  • Variegated Pink lemons
  • Eureka lemons
  • Bearss limes
  • Mexican limes
  • Kieffer limes

Grapefruit Dwarf Varieties:

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  • Cocktail
  • Oroblanco
  • Redblush
  • Rio Red
  • Star Ruby

Kumquat Dwarf Varieties:

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  • Fukushu
  • Marumi
  • Meiwa
  • Nagami

Dwarf Citrus Tree Planting Tips:

In The Ground: Plant in full sun and in well draining soil. Dig a hole that’s the same depth and about 2-3 times as wide as the container or pot. Set the tree into the hole and tamp the soil down. Add a stake for support if needed. Water thoroughly right after planting. Surround the plant with mulch to help retain moisture.

In Pots/Containers: For a 1 year old tree, choose containers that are 12 inches wide. A 14 inch wide container may be needed for older trees. Fill pot with a good quality potting soil, and tamp down. Water thoroughly and place in the sun.

Caring For Dwarf Citrus Trees:

Feed your citrus trees three times a year using a citrus fertilizer: in later winter, spring, and summer.

Water thoroughly and regularly, especially during droughts.

Prune the trees back on a regular basis to keep their small size.

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Dwarf Citrus Trees