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.

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 Uses:Edible, Fragrant oils, Street tree, Decorative fruit, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




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