There is no more strange and wonderful fruit tree than the incredible Buddha’s Hand Citron Tree. This ancestor of the lemon tree grows fragrant unusual citrus fruits that have the appearance of bright yellow hands with many curled fingers. They are so fragrant that a single ripe fruit can freshen the air of an entire room. The mostly dry fruit has an abundance of essential citrus oils, which create the fruit’s amazing scent, and make the skin great for marmalade, and for flavoring sauces, vinegar, and beverages.
Buddha’s Hand Citron Trees can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 11, or in a container and over-wintered in colder areas. As citrus trees go they are small and only reach mature heights of 6 to 8 feet and widths of up to 4 feet. Some healthy trees can grow larger, and get as tall as 15 feet, but even these can be easily pruned to smaller sizes. Their unique appearance and small size make them perfect for growing as a conversation piece in a pot on your patio or even indoors.