Lime trees are citrus trees grown for their green, sour-tasting fruit. One lime tree will supply more than enough limes for one family to consume.
The two main types of lime trees are the Mexican lime (Key lime) and the Tahiti (Persian or Bearss) lime.
The lime tree is a short bushy plant that is smaller than an orange or grapefruit tree. It is an evergreen tree. The height of a lime tree ranges from 6 to 13 feet. The Tahiti lime tree can grow to 20 feet.
Lime trees are susceptible to cold weather and cannot survive in areas that freeze, if left unprotected. The best climate for lime trees is damp, warm conditions that provide plenty of rainfall.
The leaves on a lime tree are oval, dark green on top and lighter underneath. Leaves are 2 to 3 inches long.
The blossoms are white and could have a purple tint. The fruits range from 1 to 2 inches wide.
- Texas A&M Cooperative Extension: Home Fruit Production -- Limes
- Citrus Tree Care: Lime Trees
- Purdue Horticulture: Tahiti Lime
- Purdue Horticulture: Mexican Lime
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