Lime Tree Varieties

Indian SweetKaffirKeyLimequatPersian

Indian Sweet Lime Tree

Indian Sweet Lime Tree Matures: everbearing
Seeds: few 0–6
Fruit size: medium 1 3/4"–2 1/2"

Comments: Low acid, very juicy, mild flavored. White juice. Orange-yellow peel. In India and Egypt, they are believed to have medicinal powers.

Kaffir Lime Tree

Kaffir Lime TreeMatures: Jan–Apr
Seeds: many 10–20
Fruit size: tiny

Comments: Small tree. Fruit has rough, bumpy, thick peel. Dark green fruit has strong lime aroma. Rind is used for oil, leaves used in Asian cooking.

Key Lime Tree

Key Lime Tree Matures: everbearing
Seeds: few 3–10
Fruit size: small 1 1/4"–1 3/4"

Comments: Very acidic and juicy. Flesh is greenish-yellow. Excellent for cooking and pies. Vigorous, medium-size, bushy, thorny, growth. Cold sensitive.

Limequat Lime Tree

Limequat Tree Matures: everbearing
Seeds: few 0–7
Fruit size: small 1 1/4" –1 3/4"

Comments: Cross between a round kumquat and key-lime. Small tree, very heavy producer. Acidic, very juicy. Yellow fruit, white flesh. More cold tolerant than other limes.

Persian Lime Tree

Persian Lime Tree Matures: everbearing
Seeds: none
Fruit size: medium 1 3/4"–2 1/2 "

Comments: Fruit is greenish-yellow. Flesh is pale yellow. Very juicy and acidic. Most common for commerical use. Thornless, dark green leaves. Similar to store variety.