Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.
An impressive young Meyer lemon tree (Citrus × meyeri), covered with beautiful golden-yellow fruits, stands in the Palm House, the central section of our Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory.
It is named for Frank Meyer, a plantsman who worked for several nurseries and for the US National Arboretum and collected useful and unusual plants from around the world. His expeditions to China, the source of many such plants, led to the introduction of improved selections of soybean, apricot and his eponymous lemon—a natural citrus hybrid.
It is less tart than most lemons and much juicier. The skin is thinner and smoother, too, which adds to it attractive appearance. But makes it less suitable for commercial use because it is damaged more when handled.
Our plant is approximately eight years old and is carrying its first good crop.