Citrus aurantifolia

Lime Tree, Common Lime

The Lime is an increasingly popular citrus tree.

Features: Attractive form. Fruits. Scented flowers. Available in various dwarf forms.
Applications: Container planting. Espalier. Landscape sites. Courtyards. Gardens.
Description Relatively suitable to growing in containers and enjoying the warmth of Perth's somewhat mediterranean climate, Limes have enjoyed a recent return to favour. They can be seen co-planted with other citrus varieties in landscapes that set out to add both taste and scent to a design's obvious aesthetic values or alternatively, presented as more manicured plants in containers for courtyards and business entrances. Their form is attractive and they can offer a familiar, yet unique or mildly exotic aspect to a space or environment. Limes should be well-supported with appropriate care and fertile soils. Fruits of this Lime are larger and more typical than other varieties, notably Citrus x latifolia (Tahitian or Persian Lime) which is thornless with smaller, seedless fruits that are not as tart.
Availability: Torbay : 45L, 100L
Mature height: 1-3
Mature spread: 1-3
Canopy: Typically domed. Can be shaped or espalier. Moderately dense shade.
Growth rate: Moderate
Cautions: When establishing, avoid root competition. Dislikes root disturbance. Thorns. Fertilise to support fruit production. Fruit litter potentially an issue. Dislikes frost.
Tolerances: Can be grown in containers. Responds to heavy pruning in late summer or spring
Sun demands: Full sun
Soil demands: Needs good drainage and fertile soils. Mildy acid to mildly alkaline soils best.
Water demands: Moderate. Minimal water when at rest.
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Rutaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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