History/general species info:This thornless variety was introduced in 1882 from Mexico by George Yung. The Mexican lime is known by many names, including Key lime, bartender's lime, and West Indian lime.
Characteristics: Upright, thornless evergreen tree, fruit is thin-skinned and has very few seeds. Key Lime trees make a great container grown or patio plant. Cold hardy to 32 degrees. Attracts hummingbirds with year-round interest.
Flower: yes, white, fragrant with long bloom season
Planting / Care: Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Full sun. Plant where the tree is accessible from all sides so that fruit can be easily harvested as it matures. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general-purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune semi-annually to maintain shape and size. For more information click here.
Size and Spacing: Mature height: 12-15 feet. Width: 6-8 feet