Mexican Thornless Lime

Citrus aurantifolia 'Mexican Thornless'

SKU
02468
The bartender's lime with the added bonus of having no thorns. Mature fruit is small, green to yellow green ripening in July to December. Best grown in areas with long summers and frost free winters.
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10-11

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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationSIT-rus au-ran-ti-FOH-li-a
LoreLimes are always in demand for tequila and other Mexican drinks and is a primary orchard crop there. It is not to be confused with the hardier Key lime which is primarily grown in Florida.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing to 12 to 15 ft. tall and 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Spring
Design IdeasAll citrus trees are the perfect combination of ornamental and edible plant values, but dwarf citrus are even more versatile because they fit in limited spaces. Make this naval orange a single accent tree in gardens were fragrance can be appreciated close up. Add to foundation planting outside a window. If low foliage is left in place these double as a background foliage plant for more colorful shrubs and tropicals. Integrate into existing beds and borders. Grow orchard style in a grid or a allee for optimal care and fruit production. Outstanding small tree for large terra cotta pots in the Italian style that may be moved for winter protection in marginal areas.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Tropical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Coastal Exposure, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureAttracts Hummingbirds, Edible, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsLemon (Citrus); Pomegranate (Punica); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Bay Laurel (Laurus)

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune semi-annually to maintain topiary form.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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