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
Cultivar:Desert Lime
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


Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


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.