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Key Lime, Mexican Lime
Scientific Name: Citrus aurantifolia Swingle
Synonym: Limonia aurantifolia
Family: Rutaceae
Key Lime, Mexican Lime (Citrus  aurantifolia) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 8-9, 13-24
USDA: 10-11

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Growth Habits: Small evergreen tree

Watering Needs: Don't let the soil dry completely, good drainage


Kind Variety Zones (Sunset) Maturity Zone 13 Remarks
Lime Mexican 13,21-23 Year around (Key Lime) the small bar lime(1.5 inches in diameter), sometime seedy but extremely juicy and a genuine tropical flavor when ripe. Produces year round, but more abundantly in the fall. Very thorny. Very frost sensitive.
Lime Tahiti 8,9,12-24 August-Jan (Bearss, Persian) green lemon size fruit. Thorny branches.
Lime Kaffir 13,21-23 August (Thai lime, Citrus hystrix) The fruit is bumpy. The leaves, fruit juice and zest are used in tropical Asian cuisine. Similar frost resistance as the key lime.
Lime Palestine Sweet 13,21-23   Low acidity and sugar. Many people find the taste bland at first, but the taste of the juice grows on you.

Key Lime, Mexican Lime (Citrus  aurantifolia)

Key Lime, Mexican Lime (Citrus  aurantifolia)

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