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Citrus glauca – Desert Lime (plant)


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Desert Limes are an Australian native Citrus, naturally found in the arid inland areas of Australia. Citrus glauca is small shrub up to 2m tall with long spines on the lower branches to discourage browsing by herbivores. Above 1.5m the tops are generally spine free. Small intensely flavoured fruit suitable for chutneys/pickling/jams etc but can also be eaten whole like kumquat as the skin is quite thin. Inside the small 1-2cm round-elliptical shaped fruit are small round vesicles like fingerlime (Citrus australasica).

Care and Cultivation of Citrus glauca

Citrus glauca likes a full sun to part shade position with adequate moisture and regular fertiliser for good growth, just like normal Citrus. Easy to care for and extremely drought and very cold hardy once established. In fact, Desert lime is the only xerophytic Citrus species in the world. Also appears to be somewhat flood tolerant! Like most fruit trees, seedlings should bear fruit in 5-7 years.

1 plant (seedlings approx. 1 year old, 70-150mm tall) Plants are sent within QLD only.


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