Height: 20 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Tahiti Lime, Bearss Lime
A heavy producer of juicy, lemon sized fruit in winter to early spring; a densely branched habit with a full rounded crown at maturity; a great container plant for the patio or indoors in colder climates
Persian Lime is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces green fruit which are usually ready for picking from mid summer to mid fall. The fruits have a tart taste.
The fruit are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Features & Attributes
Persian Lime features showy clusters of fragrant white star-shaped flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from late winter to early spring. It has attractive dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It features an abundance of magnificent green berries in mid summer.
This is an evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Persian Lime is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Persian Lime will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This plant is typically grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Persian Lime is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.