By Cristi McKee
Walking through any given neighborhood in Tallahassee, you are bound to come across a fruit tree in a neighbor’s yard. Satsumas, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, kumquats, and other citrus fruits are abundant here in town. Most of the time, a number of these different fruits are confused with each other. Check out this guide on how to identify the different type of citrus fruits here in Tallahassee.
Lemon — Lemons are fairly easy to identify. Typically a bright yellow color, they are small citruses grown on a tree with leaves that smell strongly like lemons. They come in a variety of different types, such as Meyer, Lisbon, Bush, and more, and their trees stand 10-20 feet tall in height.
Orange — Orange trees can grow up to 25 feet tall, are typically a bright orange color, and are larger and more circular in shape than other citrus fruit. Seeded, this fruit is on the larger side in size, falling between the size of a grapefruit and satsuma, its leaves a medium-green color.
Satsuma — Satsumas are often confused for mandarin oranges, clementines, and even kumquats. These seedless fruits can be easily identified by their circular shape and the slight translucency of their skin, and are on the smaller to medium side of the citrus family. Satsuma trees have dark green leaves and grow up to 15 feet in height.
Grapefruit — While the inside fruit of grapefruits are typically instantly recognizable, their outside appearance is not as easily identifiable. Typically large and circular in shape, grapefruit trees can grow up to 45 feet in height and have a yellow skin. With medium-green colored leaves, one recognizable trait of grapefruit trees is that their leaves are glossy.
Kumquat — Of the orange citrus fruits, kumquats might be the easiest to identify. Kumquats are the smallest of the citrus family, appearing like an orange, though in the shape of an egg. They grow on trees that are 10-15 feet tall in height and sprout dark green leaves.
Lime — These fruits, too, are fairly easy to identify. If you see a tree with small, bright green citrus fruits, you are most likely viewing a lime tree, which grows up to 20 feet tall in height. Premature lemons are also similar in appearance to limes, but their leaves are longer and larger than those of lime trees.