Citrus australasica – Native Finger Lime

The native finger lime is variable large shrub to small tree, which is very thorny, and bears cylindrical fruit. The fruit comes in different colours, from green, yellow, brown, black, red, orange, and purple. Height range is from 2 to 7 metres tall. Finger limes are now gourmet food, and have been called ‘lime caviar’ for the tangy globular pulp. Suits tropical to temperate climates, in well drained soils. Slow growing. This plant was formerly known as Microcitrus australasica.

Scientific Name:Citrus australasica
Common Name:Native Finger Lime
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 7 metres
Width:2 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.