Bearss Lime Tree

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Have easy-to-grow Limes at the ready with Bearss Lime Tree! The Bearss Lime Tree (Citrus aurantiifolia 'Bearss') is a broadleaved evergreen tree that produces fantastic Limes. Also known as a Persian Lime Tree or Tahiti Lime, looks equally charming as a patio plant to move indoors to protect from chill and freezing or as a small specimen tree in a sunny spot in your yard.

Well-known as a heavy producer, this dense, shrubby tree grows into a beautifully full crown. A fast-growing tree, the Bearss Lime has the heaviest saturation of fruit occurring during the winter and early spring in warmer regions.

Dark-green evergreen foliage offsets the beautiful, fragrant, white flowers that shine in the springtime. It presents a beautiful backdrop for the developing fruit. You'll be thrilled to watch the bright green rind take on a gentle yellow blush when it is fully ripe.

Bearss Limes have a long shelf life and are prized for their uses in a large variety of drinks and culinary dishes. Some people even use the leaves for culinary and decorative purposes as well.

Today, the Bearss is the most widely planted Lime selection. It produces fruit that has a smooth rind with green, juicy, lemon-sized fruit.

How to Use Bearss Lime Tree In The Landscape

If you live in a colder climate, no problem! Just plant Bearss Lime in containers and bring them indoors in winter. Give your tree a sunny spot to reside near a full-sun window. You'll be charmed by the invigorating Citrus scent that lifts the mood in your home during those cold winter days.

This tree is highly regarded as a small container plant and can be pruned to maintain the plant to almost any size needed. Outside in growing zones where there is no winter freeze, Bearss trees are somewhat variable in size depending upon the conditions, but make a great privacy hedge or lovely ornamental accent and specimen.

Growers appreciate the Bearss's ornamental look and the heavenly-scented floral blooms that dazzle in a beautiful white and purple show each season.

A self-pollinating fruit tree, the Bearss Lime develops its fruit early on in life, so you don't need to wait long after planting to expect the first harvest!

  • Green, Juicy Limes
  • Fruits Early in Age & Produces All Year
  • Nearly Thornless Ornamental Evergreen
  • Fragrant White Flowers
  • Smaller Form But High Yield
  • Great Container Plant & Wonderful Patio Trees

#ProPlantTips For Care

All Citrus do best in full sun, at least 8 hours a day for the best flowering and therefore best harvest! Indoors, you can supplement lighting with LED grow lights to extend the sparser hours of sunlight you'd naturally receive in winter.

Bearss, like all Citrus, benefit from having soil on the drier side, and soggy soil is their death. Not particular on soil type, it must be well-drained and slightly acidic to keep the root system happy. Citrus trees prefer an acidic soil mix, select a potting soil that is used for Azaleas, Camelia, or Rhododendrons. Add a quarter-inch of bark or pathway bark at the rate of 25% of the total volume of the container. This improves both the porosity and adds large-particle organic matter to the soil.

Feed your container Citrus quarterly with an acid fertilizer like Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic Fertilizer. Outdoors, fertilize at least 3-4 times a year as well.

Protecting Container Citrus From Cold

The natural habitat of this Citrus variety would suggest it is a prime candidate for successfully growing and cropping in marginal Citrus areas. This is also true wherever Citrus trees are brought indoors during the wintertime.

If you're growing these tropical trees in the ground in the lowest of their favored growing zones, they need to be planted in a sheltered spot to avoid the worst of the chill. If a spot like that is unavailable then you are better off planting in a large, deep container.

In border-line growing zones, begin slowly acclimating your tree indoors or into a protected location, eventually moving your tree inside in bright indirect sun for the winter if the temperatures in your area ever dip below that 40F range. In spring, reverse this process and begin acclimating your tree to again be back out in the full sun all summer. This reduces stress and leaf drop.

  • Sun Loving Citrus
  • Low Moisture
  • Must-Have Well-Drained Acidic Soil
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Appreciates Regular Fertility

Look no further if you've been seeking an indoor/outdoor Lime tree variety that boasts high production and excellent fruit! This nearly thornless Bearss Lime tree won't disappoint! Order yours from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Delicious, With a Mysterious Past

The Bearss Limes popularity is due to its wide adaptability. But it's real name is still not clearly understood. Known by several different names the Persian Lime, the Tahiti or Tahitian Lime, the USDA No.1 or 2 and the Bearss Lime, most today agree that they in fact quite similar, if not the same varieties.

The Persian Lime (Citrus x latifolia) traces itself to Asia and was most likely spread through the old Persian Empire. Some believe this to be either a cross between a Citrus aurtantifolia (the Key Lime) and Citrus medica (the Citron). Others believe that the cross is the key lime with an unknown lemon selection.

The Persian Lime is seedless for the most part and the few seeds produced often do not come true to type. The cross may have changed many times and today it is still hotly debated.

The Persian Lime is seedless for the most part and the few seeds produced often do not come true to type. The cross may have changed many times and today it is still hotly debated.

The Bearss Lime originated about 1895 in the hands of T. J. Bearss, a nurseryman in Porterville, California. Thought to have originated as a seedling from a Persian Lime, the Bearss was offered by the Fancher Creek Nursery of Fresno, California beginning in about 1905.

Although the Persian Lime had been grown for many years in Florida, the Bearss found its way to the Florida growers as well and for some time was grown side by side. Only in more recent years have the 2 varieties been considered very similar, if not the same.

Today, the Bearss is the most widely planted Lime selection. Now, it's propagated by grafting or budding so the variety remains consistent.


Bearss Lime Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-11 (Patio 4-11)
Growing Zones 9-11 (Patio 4-11)
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Citrus aurantiifolia 'Bearss'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Glossy Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 1 - 2 Years
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes

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