Citrus, Lime ‘Mexican’
Lime, Key Lime
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.
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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