Variegated Pink Fleshed Eureka lemon

Citrus limon L. Burm.f.

CRC 2367
PI 539315
VI 486


Received as budwood from D.W. Field, Burbank, Ca, 1931.


Originated in a home garden as a sport of the conventional Eureka lemon. Selected by A.D. Shamel (Shamel No. 11005).

Rootstocks of accession

Yuma Ponderosa lemon.

Season of ripeness at Riverside

Crop well distributed throughout year, but mainly in late winter, spring, and early summer.

Notes and observations

Variegated Pink-fleshed Eureka lemon is sometimes sold under the name Pink Lemonade and is a sport of the conventional Eureka lemon. The leaves are variegated green and white, making the tree quite ornamental, and the tree grows a little less vigorously than a typical Eureka lemon tree.  The rind is striped green and cream and is sometimes rougher than conventional Eureka.  When fully ripe, the stripes fade, and the rind turns yellow with distinct pink oil glands.  The flesh is light pink at full maturity, low-seeded, and very acidic.

1986, EMN: Is a Eureka lemon variegated sport with pink flesh and pink juice. This accession had exocortis which was removed by shoot tip grafting (STG 212-2).

12/04/1987, EMN: This is an interesting ornamental. The variegation fades as fruit matures but is still present on ripe fruit. Light pink flesh. Will be entered into CCPP for planting in the Lindcove coundation block.

11/1989, EMN: Was entered as VI 472 in fall 1988. Found to have psorosis. Put thru thermotherapy, re-entered as VI 486 in Fall 1989.


Commercially available in California through the Citrus Clonal Protection Program. Click here to order budwood.


USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network page for Variegated Pink Fleshed Eureka lemon


Jour. Her. vol. 23, p 23-27, 1932

Lana G, Zacarias-Garcia J, Distefano G, Gentile A, Rodrigo MJ, Zacarias L. Transcriptional Analysis of Carotenoids Accumulation and Metabolism in a Pink-Fleshed Lemon Mutant. Genes. 2020; 11(11):1294.



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Photos by Toni Siebert and David Karp, CVC
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