Citrus glauca – Desert Lime

The Desert lime is a thorny large shrub to small tree, from 3 metres to 7 metres tall. It is a useful bush food plant with strongly flavoured fruit. It comes from inland areas, and naturally grows on clay soils. It is a tough plant, but doesn’t like too much humidity or wet feet. The numerous thorns and suckering habit may limit the growth of the desert lime in garden situations.


Scientific Name:Citrus glauca
Common Name:Desert Lime
Other Common Names:Limebush
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 7 metres
Width:3 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Layering
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit, Bird nesting plant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants