Lemon Trees with Charles

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

Through our virtual programming series, Nature in your Neighborhood, we challenged volunteers to go out into their neighborhoods or backyards to see what plants sparked their interest. Whether plants are native or non native, we can all appreciate a connection to nature and the curiosity that it can spark!


By: Angela and Charles Liang


A lemon is the fruit of a lemon tree. Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, are families. Lemon trees are evergreens. They flower in spring, and the fruit grows and ripens during summer and autumn. The fruit from the previous year may still be on the tree when the flowers open. The lemon trees’ scientific name is Citrus limon. Lemons grow in many warm regions of the world. Major lemon‐growing countries include India, Argentina, Spain, Iran, and the United States. In the United States, most lemons grow in California and Arizona. Lemons have a strong smell and a strong taste. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C. People use lemon juice to flavor food, such as fish, salad dressing, and lemon pie. Lemon mix with water and sugar to make lemonade, a popular warm‐weather drink. Lemons have a clean, and fresh smell. They are used to scent soaps, shampoos, dish soap, and other household products.

Experiment with a lemon – Invisible Ink Lemon juice is a mixture of water and other substances, including carbon. The writing dried when the water evaporated, leaving behind the carbon. When you heated the pater, the carbon burned and turned brown. This revealed the picture or writing!


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