The day before Thanksgiving, my mom said she wanted to buy a Meyer lemon tree for the house. We have plenty of fruit trees given by my uncles, but none of them were lemons. My youngest uncle's Meyer lemon tree isn't producing as much as it had in the past and my parents wanted to plant one in the front yard. Less likelihood of anyone stealing our fruit since so many people in SoCal have lemon trees in their yards you see.
So I took my mom to Mimosa LA Nursery, where lil' sis had purchased the persimmon tree for my parents' garden the year we drove up in 2008. It's also where my uncles bought their fruit trees until they started grafting or planting seedlings from existing stock.
Mimosa Nursery is owned by a Vietnamese-American so there is a pretty large selection of tropical fruit and flower trees spread across three acres.
I liked the curvy shape of these trees.
The nursery has several varieties of mango trees too.
Malaysian rose apple trees were half off. I bought a 6-inch seedling online so who knows when it'll fruit.
The longan trees were 30% off, but the big ones are pretty expensive. My tree was 2-feet-tall; a gift from second-youngest uncle who grafted it from his tree.
Lychee trees as big as this are pretty expensive.
White, red, and purple dragon fruit. They're all fuchsia on the outside; it's the insides that have different colors. My mom and I bought a small purple one for $9 since we already have white and red in the yard.
Can you see the unusual citrus tree in the back?
It's Buddha's fingers, sometimes called the hand of Buddha. Cool huh? There's really no fruit, it's just rind that you can use to flavor dishes. Mostly, they're placed on altar offerings and for luck.
We also left with a 1-foot-tall Meyer lemon tree that we bought for $25. It had nearly a dozen lemons and a strong trunk so hopefully it'll grow well in the new house.
Check the nursery's website if you want to see the selection of plants it has available or for announcements of sales. Prices are negotiable.
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Mimosa LA Nursery
6270 Allston St.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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