Acronychia acidula – Lemon Aspen

The lemon aspen is a rainforest tree of small to medium height with a dense crown that bears useful and tasty fruit. Good for tropical to subtropical areas with loamy well drained moist soils. Grows to around 15 metres tall, and can be pruned to height to make fruit gathering easier. It is very attractive with large glossy leaves. It fruits a few years from germination, and they taste like a cross between grapefruit and lime, and are good for sauces, desserts and drinks. It flowers in summer and autumn, followed by the small fruit.

Note– this is a large rainforest tree so can become too large for normal gardens

Scientific Name:Acronychia acidula
Common Name:Lemon Aspen
Other Common Names:Lemonwood
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:12 ~ 15 metres
Width:4 ~ 8 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Screen
Special Features:Edible, Fragrant oils, Decorative fruit, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




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