Spot of Gardening

Gardening in South Louisiana

I Love Yuzu

The yuzu tree, citrus junos, is a cold hardy citrus tree with yellow to orange skinned fruit.  The fruit has a very fragrant rind and juice used in cooking but is usually considered too sour and seedy to eat fresh.   It’s usually quite difficult to find in U.S. markets and is a bit expensive when available.   It’s also usually used in Japanese cuisine but has since become a very trendy ingredient in many celebrity and well-known chefs around the world.  Hence, The Sushiman’s wish for a yuzu tree in our backyard.

Two yuzu trees were planted last year when we moved into the house.  Actually, they were the first two trees we planted ourselves.  After a fruitless search in all the local nurseries, I ordered them by mail order for The Sushiman. Two healthy 8″  trees arrived with little fruits on them, which promptly fell off within a week of planting into the ground.  (Maybe it was the shock of traveling and transplanting)

While the trees looked healthy with lots of leaves, you could barely see them in the nice 2′ by 2′ plots built for each of them by The Sushiman.   Nurturing them carefully,  I assured The Sushiman that next year these yuzus would bear some fruit.  Then, they were attacked by the dreaded citrus leaf miners!  Leaves curled up or had little tunnels running throughout them.   Nothing worked to stop the devastation.  Trying to avoid the use of insecticides, I was told to just remove the infected leaves and spray a little dormant oil on the other leaves, but practically the whole plant was covered in infected leaves!   Letting nature take it’s course,  I plucked the worst leaves off and left the rest of the two plants to fight it out with those bad citrus leaf miners.

Early February, I plucked off the rest of the curled leaves and hoped the bare branches would soon recover.  Lots of leaves and flowers soon bloomed and fruits appeared.   Oh, how we dote on those cute little yuzu fruits, hoping this year we can harvest a few precious yuzu fruits.

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May 30, 2009 - Posted by | Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

4 Comments »

  1. I’m glad that story had a happy ending and the trees ended up being ok. They look great in the pictures.

    Comment by RainGardener | May 30, 2009 | Reply

    • RainGardener, Thank you and I’m glad the yuzu trees won their battle with the bad citrus leaf miners, too. They’ve really grown quickly since last year, too.

      Comment by ryublade | May 30, 2009 | Reply

  2. The yuzu trees really looks great.The 2fruits appear on the tree looks awesome.I also wish i could have one….

    Comment by sue | June 4, 2009 | Reply

    • Sue, I’m looking forward to the growth of those two fruits this year.

      Comment by ryublade | June 4, 2009 | Reply


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