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Dwarf citrus are ideal for pots or small backyards where space is limited. They are grafted onto a dwarf rootstock ‘flying dragon’ keeping the overall size of the tree to approximately half the size of a normal tree. They still produce an abundance of full-size fruit. There are many varieties to choose from and our dwarf range is increasing each year.

DWARF – LIME KAFFIR (Citrus hystrix)

Our Dwarf Kaffir Limes are grafted onto Flying Dragon rootstock, keeping the tree to about half the size of its full-sized counterpart. The Kaffir Lime is predominately used for its unusual double lobed leaves. When chopped or crushed the leaf expels a wonderful aromatic citrus flavour that is used in many Asian dishes. The small knobbly fruit (looks like a small brain), has very little juice and is only used for zesting. The tree is only small growing and is regularly pruned when you pick the leaves for cooking. Can be grown in a pot or in the garden. Be careful when purchasing a Kaffir Lime as there are a few different strains sold throughout Australia and some have large thorns. Our superior strain has small thorns and a larger leaf that is a lot more aromatic.

DWARF – CUMQUAT CALAMONDIN (x Citrofortunella microcarpa)

In the early nineties, Engall’s and another leading citrus nursery, renamed the Calamondin, the Australian Cumquat, as most Australians, when referring to a cumquat meant this variety. The Calamondin is also known as the Calamansi throughout parts of Asia, particularly in the Philippines, where the fruit remains green due to the warmer climate. Calamondins are a bushy tree with dense foliage, making it ideal as a pot specimen. The fruit ripens in mid-winter, and is bright orange, making a fabulous display against the green foliage.  Although the fruit can be eaten straight from the tree, it is very acidic and sour, therefore the fruit is mainly used in jams and marmalades or preserved in alcohol to make tasty brandies and liqueurs. If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Calamondin will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 1.5 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.

DWARF – GRAPEFRUIT RED (Citrus x paradisi)

A newer variety of grapefruit, that is quickly becoming the variety of choice due to its beautiful red flesh and  flavour which is sweeter than other grapefruit while still retaining the grapefruit tang. Similar to blood oranges, the colour pigmentation does vary due to climatic conditions, although it still colours well in Sydney. Although the tree will only get to around 2 metres in ideal conditions, it will still produce full sized medium fruit which ripens in July - August. The fruit makes a wonderful juice with the red/pink colour. The tree is dense and bushy and crops abundantly year after year.

DWARF – LEMON EUREKA (Citrus limon ‘Eureka’)

The more traditional (your grandmother probably had one), backyard lemon. Lemons are large with a medium to thick skin with plenty of strong acidic juice, great for cooking or on those fish and chips. An ideal backyard lemon, the Eureka fruits all year round, with the heaviest crop in winter, so you’re nearly always guaranteed a lemon. Eureka is the largest growing dwarf citrus, grafted onto Flying Dragon rootstock, it can still grow to 3 metres.  

DWARF – LEMON LISBON (Citrus limon ‘Lisbon’)

The Lisbon lemon is the most common commercially grown lemon in Australia. It produces very high quality lemons with a thin skin, high juice content, and high acidity. Once a year the Lisbon lemon produces a heavy crop of fruit in mid-winter to early spring. Our dwarf Lisbon lemons are grafted onto Flying Dragon rootstock, which results in a smaller, slower growing tree reaching a maximum of 3 metres in its lifetime.

DWARF – LEMON MEYER (Citrus limon ‘Meyer’)

Meyer is a smaller growing bushy tree, growing to a maximum height of 1.5 metres. It produces numerous crops of medium sized lemons throughout the year. The fruit has a softer skin, turning a deep golden colour when fully ripe, containing an abundance of juice that is slightly sweeter, and containing less acid than other lemons. (You may have trouble getting your cheesecake to set using Meyer lemons). This lemon also makes a fantastic pot specimen, it is the most cold tolerant citrus.

DWARF – LEMONADE

The Lemonade, looks like a lemon, but can be eaten straight from the tree, just like a mandarin or orange. It’s a lot sweeter than a lemon with a refreshing tang. It truly has to be tasted to be appreciated. It makes a refreshing drink when juiced. The tree is upright grower, with the dwarf tree reaching around 1.5 metres. The Lemonade produces an abundance of fruit, ripening mid-winter. Be the envy of all your friends when they sample this unusual fruit, that can’t be purchased at the fruit shop.

DWARF – LIME TAHITIAN (Citrus latifolia)

This is the most popular lime tree. The Tahitian produces delicious juicy seedless limes that are often picked small and green, when they are stronger in flavour. Alternatively they can be left to ripen on the tree to a light yellow colour which is when they become their juiciest. The main harvest is late autumn to mid-winter, although they can bear a smaller summer crop. Limes are a great alternative to lemons in all forms of cooking and taste great in a beer. Our dwarf Tahitian Limes are grafted onto Flying Dragon rootstock, making them about half the size of a regular Tahitian Lime tree, reaching around 1.5 metres tall.

DWARF – MANDARIN EMPEROR (Citrus reticulata ‘Emperor’)

A great mandarin, which produces excellent fruit year after year. Large puffy skin that forms completely separate from the flesh makes this mandarin the easiest to peel. Good flavour with a few seeds . Fruit ripens mid-winter, after the Imperial. To harvest mandarins over a longer period, plant both an Imperial and Emperor. If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Emperor will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 2 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.

DWARF – MANDARIN ENGALL’S SEEDLESS (Citrus unshiu)

This is a superior form of Satsuma mandarin, selected by the late Robbie Engall. It is a fantastic mandarin for the kids, with large fruit, puffy skin, making it easy to peel, mild flavour and no seeds. Fruit ripens early in April and May on a small growing tree, making it ideal for the courtyard garden or in a pot. Encourage your kids to be healthy and plant one today! If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Engall's Seedless will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 1.5 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.

DWARF – MANDARIN IMPERIAL (Citrus reticulata ‘Imperial’)

Imperial mandarins are a very popular commercial and backyard variety. They are medium to large in size, easy to peel, juicy and have a great strong flavour, with a few seeds. Fruit ripens late autumn, into early winter. A tree with upright growth that is dense and bushy. Increase the size of the fruit by thinning as it is developing. If you only have room for one mandarin, this is the one for you. If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Imperial will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 2 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.

DWARF – ORANGE ARNOLD BLOOD (Citrus sinensis ‘Arnold Blood’)

Arnold Blood is a newer variety, discovered by Mike Arnold in South Australia. This variety produces a good red pigmentation in Sydney and coastal climates, although does produce better colour in cooler climates where the contrast between cold and hot is greater. The smallish, fruit ripens mid-winter and has a distinctive tang with the red pigmentation. The tree is also small and bushy, making it suitable for pots or a small garden. If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Arnold Blood will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 1.2 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.

DWARF – ORANGE LANES LATE NAVEL (Citrus sinensis ‘Lanes Late Navel’)

The Lanes Late Navel is very similar to the Washington Navel with a sweet juicy flavour and a mostly seedless fruit. As the name suggests, it is a late season Navel, with the fruit ripening from late winter into early spring. This makes it an ideal tree to plant alongside a Washington to extend the harvesting time of Navel oranges. If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Lanes Late will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 1.5 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.

DWARF – ORANGE NAVELINA (Citrus sinensis ‘Navelina’)

A Navel orange with the fruit ripening at the end of April into May, making it a fantastic early season orange. The fruit is sweet and juicy and can be slightly oblong in shape with a dark orange skin. The tree is compact and bushy. If you have the space, planting a Navelina, Washington and Lanes Late will ensure harvesting Navels for up to six months of the year. If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Navelina will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 1.2 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.

DWARF – ORANGE SEEDLESS VALENCIA (Citrus sinensis ‘Seedless Valencia’)

Commonly referred to as a juicing orange, the Seedless Valencia fruit are medium in size with a distinctive, fresh tang. Beginning to ripen in winter, the fruit will hang on the tree for months, becoming sweeter the longer it is left on the tree, and can be harvested as required through to summer, making it a great orange option for the home gardener. If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Seedless Valencia will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 1.5 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.

DWARF – ORANGE WASHINGTON NAVEL (Citrus sinensis ‘Washington Navel’)

The Washington Navel is the most popular backyard orange grown in Australia. It is a small to medium sized tree that produces oranges ripening in mid-winter. Oranges are medium to large, (depending on the quantity of fruit set), and very sweet and juicy. Skin is relatively easy to peel and being a navel, the fruit is seedless. If planted in the ground with ideal conditions, the Dwarf Washington Navel will get to about half the size of a regular tree reaching to around 2 metres in its lifetime. Planting in pots will reduce the height.