Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Ponderosa Lemon Hybrid

This week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma tree is the Ponderosa lemon hybrid at W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park. Photo credit: Kate Swarner

Tree-dimensional Tacoma: Ponderosa Lemon Hybrid

When life gives you rain, go see a Ponderosa lemon hybrid.

“The tree is over 100 years old, and yet it is still quite small,” says Sarah Low, executive director of Tacoma Tree Foundation in regards to this week’s Tree-dimensional Tacoma highlight. “Not all trees are giants, but they are beautiful just the same. The W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park offers a chance for us to observe a tree that would not survive our winters without the protection the Conservatory offers. Plus, visiting the lemon tree right now gives a little reprieve from the rain — not that we need it, because rain is good.”

Low speaks of the Ponderosa lemon hybrid, a tree of the citrus limon family, a species of small evergreen tree in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, which fits Tree-dimensional Tacoma, Peaks & Pints’ weekly Tacoma tree column. Inspired by our house beer, Kulshan Brewing Tree-dimensional IPA, Peaks & Pints branches out for a weekly look at terrific trees of Tacoma, in conjunction with our friends at Tacoma Tree Foundation.

According to Metro Parks Tacoma’s website, “This evergreen shrub with its sweet smelling flowers is very useful. It is rich in vitamin C, which fights off infection. It was once a legal requirement that sailors should be given an ounce of lemon each day to prevent scurvy. Besides many medicinal uses, the juice, the rind, the leaves, flowers, and essential oils (made from the rind) are all used as flavoring in drinks, salad dressings, and desserts. The lemon is now thought to have been ‘The golden apple of mythology.’”

After checking out the Ponderosa lemon hybrid, and the other plant life at the Conservatory, enjoy a Tree-dimensional IPA (6.8%) at Peaks & Pints. Kulshan Brewing collaborated with the Tacoma craft beer lodge on the house beer. Paying homage to the outdoor enthusiasts who join Peaks daily in Tacoma’s Proctor District, Tree-dimensional IPA is the perfect beer to toast the powder, currents or trails, as well as reveal the sprains. Tree-dimensional IPA, or Tree-D, continues Peaks & Pints’ love affair with old school piney IPAs, this time brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, CTZ, Centennial, and whole leaf Cascade in the hop back for all the pine, a little citrus, with a creamy mouthfeel and bitter finish. The Tree-D is now in cans, too!

Tacoma Tree Foundation is dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting community members in neighborhood-based greening. In other words, the Tacoma organization strives for a greener, healthier, more connected Tacoma — which plants well with Peaks and Pints. We will host TTF fundraisers during Tree-dimensional IPA’s reign as our house beer, which pours through October 2020.

LINK: Kulshan brews Peaks and Pints Tree-dimensional IPA

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