Citrus glauca ‘Desert Lime’

Citrus glauca is also known as the Desert Lime, and this cultivar in the Citrus Gems range provides abundant yields and can withstand difficult conditions, particularly dry conditions, as this species originates in the Australian desert. In its native habitat it also grows on heavy clay soils, so makes a wonderful plant for those situations where little else will thrive, and with the added bonus of delicious, unique fruits! This grafted cultivar also allows you to grow this desert plant in the wetter conditions of coastal regions. The foliage is elongated and pale green, making it an attractive plant for the garden too. The stems have thorns to protect the fruits in their native habitat, but this means the trees also provide shelter for birds. The fruits resemble small lemons, with a strong, wild citrus flavour. The fruits have thin skins so can be made directly into preserves and pickles, and taste wonderful in drinks, as well as recipes needing a strong citrus flavour.

Scientific Name:Citrus glauca
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 7 metres
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Edible, Bird nesting plant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects



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