The difference between the Eureka and Meyers Lemon Trees is more in the fruit produced than the trees themselves.
Eureka is the iconic bright yellow, football-shaped lemon with a thicker skin which contains a sour and juicy flesh. The Eureka Lemon is what most people picture when they think of a lemon. The Eureka Lemon tree is the fastest growing citrus tree of all. It has dark green leaves with white flowers that are fragrant. It’s used in lemonade, barbeque, cooking, baking, and in many other fashions as the common lemon. The Eureka Lemon is a descendant of the Lunario Lemon which is native to Italy. The Eureka Lemon originated in California in 1877 by way of Thomas Garey who brought seeds back to the United States from Italy. It was originally known as Garey’s Eureka.
Meyers Lemons have a thin skin and a rounder shape than the Eureka. Meyers lemons have a dual sour and slightly sweet flavor. Meyers Lemons have glossy, dark green leaves and white flowers with a purple base that is fragrant. The fruit’s skin is fragrant and turns a little orange when ripe. The flesh is dark yellow and contains about 10 seeds per fruit. Meyers Lemons originated in China and were commonly grown as ornamental trees but was later introduced in the United States in 1908 by Frank Nicholas Meyer. They’re considered to be extremely delicious and great for baking and cooking. Which is why they gained popularity when celebrity cooks and chefs such as Martha Stewart began using them in their recipes.
Both Meyers and Eureka lemons can be everbearing, producing multiple crops per year, and grow in the same climate. Aside from the fact that Eureka lemon trees grow faster than Meyers, the care in terms of water, fertilizing, trimming, and pest management is practically the same.
The difference between the Eureka and Meyers lemon trees is more in the fruits.