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PlantFiles: Bearss Lime, Tahitian Lime, Persian Lime
Citrus latifolia

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Citrus (SIT-rus) (Info)
Species: latifolia (lat-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Edible Fruits and Nuts

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive neferset On Apr 9, 2012, neferset from Rockwood, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have this tree from Direct Since this information doesn't seem to be available anywhere, the Dwarf Lime from the Citrus Quartet is a Persian. I asked them. It arrived as a tiny green stemmed plant in a cup. The seller says it is a dwarf lime that rarely exceeds 2 feet tall, but four years later, mine is a five foot beauty that is still growing. No fruit yet, but it seems that this variety takes a little longer. I can wait a year or three or however many it needs. I am interested in knowing how large it will be since it is potted. It had no graft scars--being that small on arrival, how could it be grafted on dwarfing root stock--so I'm wondering if there can be a genetic dwarf version or if I will have to prune a lot.

Positive hmbgerl On Jun 6, 2010, hmbgerl from Folsom, CA wrote:

No fruit grew from our tree the first year. Now we have about 15 tiny limes growing from our 3 foot tall tree (container grown).

Positive mewhee On Jan 21, 2006, mewhee from Mission Viejo, CA wrote:

Our single dwarf Bearss Lime was very prolific this Fall/Winter (So. Cal coast.) Ripe fruit is yellow, not green. As an aside, try making lime bars instead of the traditional lemon bars - incredibly good !

Positive jlway On Mar 14, 2004, jlway from La Canada Flintridge, CA wrote:

Acidity of fruit measured at pH 1.42, mid-March.

Positive jkom51 On Dec 11, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

A variety of Persian/Tahitian lime, this is the best lime for zones 9-11 CA and HI. Tree is open when young but ages to dense round canopy. On dwarf rootstock is half-size (7-10' instead of 15-20'). Will drop leaves in winter, rather frost-sensitive. Fruit is light yellow when ripe, especially juicy. Main crop is winter to late spring, but some fruit will ripen all year. Like most citrus (with the exception of Meyer lemon) it is not particularly prolific when young, needing 5-7 years to reach maturity.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Buckeye, Arizona
Surprise, Arizona
Capitola, California
Clayton, California
Folsom, California
Hemet, California
Indio, California
Mission Viejo, California
Pacifica, California
San Ramon, California
Santa Clara, California
Vacaville, California
Winchester, California
Cape Coral, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Leesburg, Florida
Marathon, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Kailua Kona, Hawaii
West Des Moines, Iowa
Baltimore, Maryland
Natchez, Mississippi
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Dandridge, Tennessee
La Porte, Texas
Layton, Utah
Ogden, Utah

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