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Similar to Lemon Trees, Citrus Lime Trees are evergreen bushes native to India and Malaysia. They produce green fruits that contain sour, acidic pulp, that is similar to lemons. Lime trees are perhaps the most exciting of all ornamental citrus trees to grow because of their rarity in Britain and moreover, they grow all year round, given the correct environments.
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If not bearing fruit, lemon trees and lime trees are very difficult to distinguish from each other. Lemon trees can usually have widespread branches and can grow up to 20 feet tall, whereas lime trees tend to be shorter and have narrower branches. Furthermore, a quick test to distinguish between the two is to take a leaf from the tree, crush it and smell the leaf’s oils. The lemon tree’s leaves will have a strong lemon odour, while the lime leaves will smell like lime.
Lime trees need to be watered consistently to ensure their leaves don’t drop. However, too much water will kill the plant and therefore its best to keep the soil moist and well-drained. Your potted lime tree should get plenty of sunlight. We recommend placing your plant in a location with at least eight hours of direct sun.
Lime trees are not hardy plants, and because of this they will not survive temperatures of below 5C and will need protection. It’s also a good idea to shelter your tree to protect it from cold northern winds.