Mexican Key Lime Tree

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Look in any bartender's tray across the country and you'll probably find neat triangles of squeezable cut limes. These are Mexican Key Limes (Citrus x aurantifolia) and they add a wonderful boost of flavor when spritzing a cocktail, a glass of sparkling water, or a taco. And don't get us started on the sweet-tart taste of Key Lime pie.

The fragrant flower buds are purple-tinged and open to pure, waxy white. They'll perfume the air with a wonderfully fresh citrus scent. Even the leaves release a marvelous lime scent when crushed. Try them in potpourri or homemade soaps and shampoo bars.

Mexican Key Lime is also known as Bartenders Lime, due to its great flavor and high juice content. It's also called the West Indian Lime, to recognize where this lime was first propagated in the West Indies. Smaller, sweeter and thinner skinned than Persian lime varieties, Mexican Key Limes are true limes. Even though their thin skin can be green or yellow-green, they are packed with juice. The small, tart fruit has a wonderful flavor with outstanding floral hints.

Planting and Application:

Mexican Key Lime makes an ideal container plant and a wonderful patio shrubby tree. Imagine having the fruit for your drinks or cooking just an arm's length away! Grow them in the ground in Zones 9 - 11. Or, use as a patio tree in a large container in colder climates, then bring them indoors as houseplants for the winter.

This is both an ornamental and edible tree with fragrant white flowers, shaggy, deep green leaves and yellow-green fruit. Try it as you would other trees. Make a bold statement by placing a single Mexican Key Lime tree as an anchor in your foundation planting.

  • Fragrant, Delicious Mexican Key Limes
  • Versatile, Aromatic Small Tree
  • Culinary Favorite
  • Fragrant White Blossoms
  • High Yield

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Citrus trees need full sun and good air circulation and drainage. Plant in very well-drained slightly acidic soil with adequate fertility. Citrus trees like to dry out between waterings and enjoy moderate moisture, in pots or in the ground.

The fruit fetches a good market price, and these pricey limes can really add up at the supermarket. Why not grow your own supply of these extremely popular limes? Order your own Mexican Key Lime Tree today at NatureHills.com!

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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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Lime Variety Beloved Worldwide

The Mexican Lime is the oldest known and most popular lime variety throughout the world. Since its introduction to the world stage, it has gained several different names.

The Mexican Lime is native to a region called Indo-Malayan, a wide sub-continent which includes India east to Indonesia. In this region, it is referred to as the West Indian Lime or just Lime.

West Indian Lime reached Europe during the Crusades. By the 13th century, it was reported to be planted in gardens throughout Italy and into France. It exhibits a high degree of polyembryony and comes true from seed. Because of this quality, there are few varietal selections offered.

Seed carried by the Spanish is likely how the Lime made it to the Caribbean Islands and Mexico, where it is reported widely grown by the 1500's. Because of the similarities in climate to the Indo-Malayan region, it was not long before the plant naturalized into the local wilderness.

The name Mexican Lime came about with the early cultivation of the fruit by the Spanish in strongholds like Colima, Mexico. By the end of the 1500's, the Mexican lime was an important part of the Mexican culture.

This was not the case with its introduction into the United States. It wasn't until the mid-1800's that Mexican Lime began to be planted - mostly in the Southern Florida region. By the late 1800's, reports of commercial plantings begin to be cited.

It was at this time the name Key Lime begins to make its appearance with commercial plantings extending into the Florida Keys. The Key Lime business flourished into the mid 1920's.

It was, however, in the Florida Keys where its popular American name took hold. The Bartender's Lime, as it is referred to, is a part of the culture of the Florida Keys, most notably Key West. The Bartender's lime become a part of many of the drinks of the Key West Bar Scene and was preferred by the bartenders of the region. This, along with the famous Key Lime pies and all the unique receipts offered by each proprietor, made the Key Lime forever associated with Key West Florida.

Today, the Mexican Lime remains an important part of the Mexican culture and into the Western states. The West Indian Lime remains an important part of the culinary community through the Middle East, into Africa, and on to Australia and New Zealand.

It's a popular home garden variety, but is only suited to the most hospitable climates, and is not even dependable in USDA zone 9. In fact, it has surpassed the popularity of the less thorny and more hardy, seedless Bearss Lime.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Mexican Key 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 x aurantiifolia
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Low
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color White
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes

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