Project Lemon Tree FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Project Lemon Tree

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Sponsors receive their very own hang tag. As the trees mature, the hang tags will be replaced with sign stakes.

No. Meyer lemon trees do not have invasive root systems. Meyer lemon trees have one of the lowest canopy to root ratios and do not damage structures such as sidewalks.

Yes. Meyer lemon trees are often recommended as ideal ornamental trees in areas that experience drought. However, water is essential for optimal fruiting results.

No. The Meyer lemon tree does not particularly attract vermin due to the acidity level of the fruit.

No. Lemon trees are not particularly prone to theft.

No. Due to the bushy canopy and low height of the Meyer lemon tree, these characteristics do not pose a concern.

No. Meyer lemon trees do not have thorns.

Yes. Recipients are supported with a teacher guide and 30 curriculum books to support teachers with lesson plans and information for proper agricultural practices. To further ensure that lemon trees will thrive, “master gardeners” and experts in the field may be scheduled to make voluntary visits to provide advice and tips.

No. The lemon trees are certified from growers in California and seedlings will be matured through University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Recipients of the lemon tree will determine the appropriate location for the trees and will comply with the site rules such as school regulations.

Upon receiving the lemon tree, student groups will sign a commitment of responsibility to maintain and harvest the lemon tree. Sponsors donating Lemon Tree Packages bear no responsibility for planting or maintaining trees.

The Meyer lemon trees are currently maturing and will be distributed at 2-3 ft. It takes about 3-4 years for Meyer trees to fruit and will fruit every year typically between summer and winter. Trees will grow between 10-15 feet with a mature width of 3-4 ft.

Your tree, your lemons. You may donate the lemons to a charitable cause or even sell the lemons. All we ask is you report how you distributed the lemons so we can record the impacts that you have contributed to the community.

The recipients of the tree will be responsible for harvesting the trees and maintaining the site.

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) are currently maturing the seedlings and will distribute the seedlings to select City Mill locations. During Spring 2018, we will notify those that have reserved their lemon tree to pick up their trees at the specific City Mill location. Recipients from neighboring islands can receive their trees at ACE Hardware. The lemon trees will be distributed at 2-3 feet.

The trees will be available for distribution mid-April 2018.