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.

Family:Rutaceae
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
Lifespan:Perennial
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

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

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.