Favorite Tree Friday: The Lemon Tree

The theme of this week’s blog is: What’s Your Favorite Tree.

Self admittedly, I am not a tree geek – but I am learning.

Before coming to work at the Arbor Day Foundation, I knew nothing about the Honey Locust, a tree often found on the prairie that produced fruit like seeds that the pioneer children enjoyed in absence of candy during the territorial days of this great nation. I had also never heard of the Osage Orange – a strong durable tree that was the natural ancestor to the man-made barbed wire fence.

Growing up we had maple trees. I could tell you ALL about those trees. The great shade they provided while playing in the back yard during the heat of the Nebraska summer or the immense amount of leaves to play in during the fall. However, the Maple is not my favorite tree.

lemon tree

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My favorite tree is the Lemon Tree.

Growing up in Omaha, I had never seen a lemon tree. It wasn’t until after I graduated college and spent a very brief time in California did I not only see one, but had one in my yard.

Why a lemon tree you may ask? It’s a simple answer – “Lemon Tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon was impossible to eat.” Corny, huh? I loved a tree I had never seen based on a song that used to play on the eight track of my mother’s Oldsmobile Station Wagon.

Honestly, the first time I saw a Lemon Tree I have to say it lived up to the hype. The beauty and the fragrance that radiated – it was just amazing. I also say there and sang the song to the tree – again, a corny Shel Silverstein moment, but I was a child of the 70’s so it all just seemed like a natural thing to do.

There are practical examples of my love for the tree and the fruit it produces:

  1. Lemons can be used to clean and deodorize
  2. Great for aromatherapy
  3. Nice for a twist in a cocktail

Writing this post in October seems fitting as I have read that Lemon Trees were brought to the Americas on the Hispaniola by Christopher Columbus. Regardless of who is responsible for my favorite tree here in the US, I encourage each of you to pick up a lemon today, oh and a cover or Trini Lopez singing the Lemon Tree song.