SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: San Antonio Botanic Garden - San Antonio, TX and Quail Botanical Gardens - Encinitas, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Very sensitive to cold; one of the least hardy of the citrus. Needs good drainage. 'Bearss' most common variety. Citrus grafted to sour orange root stock is resistant to Texas Root Rot. Best suited to Sunset Zones 21 - 23.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to Southeastern Asia.
Additional Common Names
KEY LIME, PERSIAN LIME, MEXICAN LIME, MEXICAN THORNLESS KEY LIME
Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 10 - 15 feet.
Width: 5 - 10 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Elliptic to Oblong, Glossy Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Prolific, Yellow or Mostly Green Hesperidium, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Winter, Spring or Summer Edible and Wildlife use it.
Bark Dark Brown, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 8, 9 and 12 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Mealy Bugs, Scales, Spider Mites, Thrip and White Fly, Brown Rot, Chlorosis, Crown Rot, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Virus.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Bees and Squirrels.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Espalier or Hedged.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Citrus aurantifolia Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jun 25, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/citrus-aurantifolia >