Rio Red Grapefruit Tree is popular for both its beauty in the landscape and flavor in the kitchen. The grapefruits from the Rio Red variety are prized for their size, sweetness, and juiciness. The large fruits have a blushing pink rind and beautiful dark pink flesh.
The delicately tart flavor of Rio Red Grapefruit is a favorite of home gardeners in hot inland climates where high heat is required for the best flavor and color. The tasty fruit of Rio Red is great for juicing, cocktails, or fresh eating.
Rio Red Grapefruit is a large, vigorous self-fruitful tree that is an excellent selection for California's hotter inland gardens and requires little maintenance. The evergreen, glossy green leaves create a lush green canopy that is perfect for a summer picnic under some shade.
Semi-Dwarf vs. Standard citrus trees:
The difference between a semi-dwarf tree and a standard tree is the mature height. Semi-dwarf citrus trees are smaller and grow to approximately two-thirds the size of a standard tree form. Depending on the position of the lower branches on the trunk, a semi-dwarf citrus can look like a bush with a short trunk, or a tree with a trunk.
The mature height of a Rio Red Grapefruit tree based on average growing conditions:
Semi-Dwarf tree: 10-15 ft. tall.
Standard tree: 15-20 ft. tall.
In containers, the Rio Red Grapefruit tree will be smaller and can easily be pruned to maintain a desired size.
The mature height and fruit production of your citrus tree will depend on several environmental factors such as climate, light, soil type, texture, fertility and moisture, and pruning practices. Your citrus tree can easily be maintained at a smaller size with annual pruning.