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Citrus aurantiifolia


Famous for adding a tropical taste to pies, margaritas, and other tasty foods, limes produce flavor-packed green fruits on a small, thorny, evergreen tree. The flowers are lightly fragrant compared to other citrus, but still add ambiance to the landscape in spring when the trees bloom. Limes grows best in a sunny spot with sandy or well-drained soil with a regular supply of moisture.

Gardeners can grow dwarf varieties indoors in cold-weather climates. As houseplants, limes like a very bright spot protected from hot or cold drafts. Allow the soil to dry somewhat between watering.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
To 20 feet tall
Plant Width:
To 15 feet wide
Flower Color:
White Flowers
Bloom Time:
Spring, Summer
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Privacy
Special Features:
Flowers,Fragrant,Attracts Birds
Harvest Tips
Pick limes when they're still green. They'll mature to a yellowish color, but may be too bitter. It usually takes about three to four months to develop their best flavor. Limes do not continue ripening after harvest and need to be stored in cool, high humidity conditions.