Native lime – Citrus hybrid ‘Red Centre Lime’

The Red Centre Lime produces beautiful deep red fruits, round and small with pink tinged flesh on the inside. It is a cross between the Finger lime (Citrus australasica) and the Burmese Rangpur lime (Citrus x limonia), making the fruit more juicy throughout instead of being contained only in the pearls, as in the finger lime. The fruit still has the lovely pearls of the finger lime, however is easier to juice as well. They are great in any recipe you would use lemon or lime in, and the fruits look very attractive in the kitchen and on the tree.

This cultivar is part of the Citrus Gems range, and is a grafted, very hardy plant that can tolerate frosty and dry, challenging conditions. It is perfect for either container growing or in the garden, and likes a good pruning. Grows to about 2.5 metres and has a somewhat weeping habit, but can be pruned to desired shape. Fruits in winter.

 

Family:Rutaceae
Scientific Name:Citrus australasica x
Cultivar:Red Centre Lime
Common Name:Native Lime
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height: metres
Width: metres
Flower Colour:White, Purple
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Screen, Wow factor
Special Uses:Edible, Fragrant oils, Decorative fruit
Attracts Wildlife:Bees

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

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

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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