Mexican Thornless Lime
Citrus aurantifolia 'Mexican Thornless'
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||SIT-rus au-ran-ti-FOH-li-a|
|Lore||Limes 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 Maturity||Moderate growing to 12 to 15 ft. tall and 6 to 8 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Early Spring|
|Design Ideas||All 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Long Bloom Season|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Container, Espalier, Coastal Exposure, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Fruit Tree & Vine|
|Special Feature||Attracts Hummingbirds, Edible, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Lemon (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