Key Lime (Thorny) (Citrus aurantiifolia)

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Growing Zone: 9-11
Growing Zone: 9-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name (Citrus aurantiifolia)
Mature Height 6-15 feet
Mature Width 6-10 feet
Spacing 6-10 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 50-90°F
Watering Needs Moderate to high
Growth Rate Up to 24 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes, with indirect sunlight
Flowering Time Spring to Early Summer
Origin Native to Southeast Asia

Introduction to Key Lime (Thorny) Tree

Introducing the Key Lime (Thorny) Tree, an ideal addition to your coastal garden in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9-11. This citrus tree thrives in warm and sunny conditions found in coastal regions, making it the perfect choice for your seaside oasis.

The Perfect Citrus for Subtropical Climates

The Key Lime (Thorny) Tree (Citrus aurantiifolia) is known for its ability to flourish in subtropical climates, making it well-suited for coastal areas. With its vibrant evergreen foliage and aromatic blooms, it adds a touch of beauty to any coastal landscape.

Ornamental and Edible Appeal

In addition to its ornamental appeal, the Key Lime (Thorny) Tree offers an abundance of flavorful and juicy limes. The fruit's thin, smooth skin and distinctive green color provide a colorful and enticing sight against the backdrop of coastal scenery.

A Culinary Delight

What sets the Key Lime apart is its delightful taste. This variety offers a tart and tangy flavor that is more intense than that of regular limes, making it a preferred choice for culinary enthusiasts. Its juice adds a zesty and refreshing twist to seafood dishes, marinades, and coastal-inspired beverages.

A Resilient Choice for the Coast

One of the greatest advantages of the Key Lime (Thorny) Tree in coastal environments is its ability to withstand mild frosts, making it more resilient to the occasional temperature drops that can occur in these zones. However, it thrives best in the warmth and sun that coastal regions provide, so be sure to choose a sunny spot in your garden for optimal growth.

Cultivating Your Key Lime (Thorny) Tree

When cultivating the Key Lime (Thorny) Tree, ensure well-drained soil and regular watering to keep it happy and healthy. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious limes right in your coastal backyard.

Embrace the Coastal Essence

Embrace the beauty and flavor of the Key Lime (Thorny) Tree in your coastal garden. Its ability to thrive in zones 9-11, combined with its striking appearance and delectable fruit, makes it the perfect addition to your coastal landscape. Discover the joy of growing your own citrus and savor the coastal essence that this remarkable tree brings to your outdoor space.


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