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Zones 8, 9, 12-27, H1, H2
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Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Citrus, Lime

Lime
Rutaceae
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

The various limes range from moderately to extremely cold sensitive; they are most reliable in areas where hard frosts are uncommon. Can succeed in colder areas if grown in pots and protected in winter. Depending on variety, fruit may be intensely sour or nearly devoid of acid.

 

‘Bearss’

Best lime for California and Hawaii gardens. It is a type of the “Persian” or “Tahitian” lime commonly grown in Florida. The tree is quite angular and open when young but forms a dense, round crown when mature; reaches 15–20 ft. (half that size on dwarf rootstock). It is thorny and inclined to drop many leaves in winter. Fruit is green when immature, light yellow when ripe, almost the size of a lemon; it is especially juicy when fully ripe. Seedless. Main crop comes from winter to late spring, though some fruit ripens all year.

‘Kieffer’ (‘Kaffir’)

Leaves and bumpy, sour fall fruit are used in Thai and Cambodian cooking. Available mainly in California.

‘Mexican’

Sometimes called key lime in Hawaii. Small, green to yellow-green fruit; standard bartender’s lime. Main harvest is fall to winter, though you’ll get some fruit all year. Very thorny tree to 12–15 ft., with upright, twiggy branches (there is also a thornless form). Very cold sensitive; best suited to Zones 21–27. Can be grown in Hawaii but is subject to viral diseases there.

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