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Also called mexican lime

Perfect for making a delectable pie. Fragrant white flowers and small, juicy limes set this evergreen tree apart. May bloom again while fruit still remains on the tree, allowing for different harvest intervals. Heat-tolerant. Fruit takes about 6-9 months to ripen. Self-pollinating.

  • Mature size can be kept smaller by pruning.
  • If you live in a cooler climate, plant these warm-weather plants in containers so that you can move them indoors before freezing temperatures arrive.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Self-pollinating
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.5
Taste Tart
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 9 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 9 - 10
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.


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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Ed A on May 11, 2016
Sister ordered one of these from you three years ago and it is really producing well
Suzanne R on Mar 11, 2016
Ed A on May 11, 2016
Key Lime Pie! Also the ability to be grown in a container
James M on Apr 13, 2016
Sister ordered one of these from you three years ago and it is really producing well
Suzanne R on Mar 11, 2016
Key Lime Pie! Also the ability to be grown in a container
James M on Apr 13, 2016
Dose he come looking like the picture like a plant already?
Nenee on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No they come looking quite pitiful and barren but don't you worry with good soil, sun and water it will be lovely in no time.
i have an area thats only about two feet wide but 50ft in length. do you think thats adequate space.?
Judy G on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It would be a tight fit, but as long as it gets full sun there (6-8 hours daily) and air can flow through to keep fungal issues down, then it could work. I'd be most concerned about the light availability if there is only 2 feet of space there. Light equates to healthy growth and development of the tree as well as its flowers and fruit.

Customer Reviews

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Great fruit producer
I planted this tree April 2014 in a 36” pot, blended soil, in the greenhouse, auto water, full sun, no food initially. It grew to 3’ bush so far (which is a plus) and it is full of limes. I took the screens off of the greenhouse during pollination to let the bees in (I have 10 hives about 2000’ away). I don’t think you need honey bees because I saw wasps, mason bees, bumble bees, and etc. on it. Easy to grow --this one
May 10, 2016
Love it.
Unlike my orange tree, this one is thriving. Love the scent of the blooms and the little key limes that have been produced!
May 22, 2016
1 year ago
Tripled in size
After one year, it has tripled in size and had about 8 blooms. It doesn't look like I'll see fruit this year, though.
May 17, 2016
1 year ago
Healthy, gorgeous, easy!
Hasn't bloomed in it's first year, but has more than doubled in size. Thorns keep interested pets away. Very recommended.
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
Nice start
Green and vigorous. Small plant but appears to be very healthy.
May 10, 2016
2 months ago
Key lime
I was so surprised last year at the size and healthy condition of the key lime . This year it has doubled in size and has set 3 limes with more blooms starting to form. It loves the hot weather in the summer here in central Washington. Of course it comes in the house in late fall and does well in a sunny window over winter.
May 25, 2016
1 year ago
Key Lime Pie squared
The Key Lime tree was healthy when we received it and is thriving in a large patio pot. We experience cool winters in central South Carolina (CSRA - central Savannah river area), so it is brought into our glassed "Carolina room" from November thru March. It is doing well. The tree has doubled in size in just less than a year since we bought it. We also have a lemon, an orange and a grapefruit tree in the same size pots and all weather winter well. I would recommend any tree from Stark Brothers. We have always been pleased with the trees we have bought from them.
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
Key Lime
it grew well when it was indoor at 70 degrees, from the time its outside its growing slow, I guess because it still cold, Stark sent me healthy Plant
May 12, 2016
11 months ago
Attractive but thorny foliage, no blooms yet
I planted this and a Meyer lemon in pots just over a year ago (spring 2015). The lemon bush is covered with tiny green lemons. I have not seen even a bloom on the lime. I will apply a little triple phosphate and see what happens.
May 21, 2016
1 year ago
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