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Citrus Species, 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)
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Edible Fruits and Nuts


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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).


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 !


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

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


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.