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Persian Lime

Citrus × latifolia

Also known as

Seedless Lime, Bearss Lime, Tahiti Lime, Lemmetjie (Afr.)

(Citrus latifolia) lemon fruit at Madhurawada by Adityamadhav83 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Persian limes ripen individually and are harvested by hand as the fruits mature throughout the year, however most ripen from early summer through fall.

More images of Persian Lime

A close up of a green Persian Lime fruit hanging from a branch
A close up of the dark green leaves and white flowers of a Persain Lime tree.
A close up of the developing green fruit of Citrus × latifolia surrounded by its green leaves.
A close up of a green leaf on a Citrus × latifolia plant

Persian Lime Overview

An attractive medium-sized tree worthy of admiration even without fruits, the Persian lime tree is a great addition to any subtropical garden bearing its highly commercialized fruit. It' is an ornamental tree and its fruit is used in the culinary and medicinal applications. No backyard orchard in subtropical and tropical climates is complete without this prolific-bearing and long-lived Persian seedless lime tree.

Common problems with Persian Lime

Persian Lime Companion Plants

How to propagate Persian Lime


Air-layer by wrapping a prepared stem with sphagnum moss and enclosing the hole with polythene to encourage root formation.

Special features of Persian Lime

Drought resistant

Somewhat drought tolerant once established, but must have regular water for good fruit production.

Attracts birds

Attracts useful insects

Insects such as bees and butterflies.

Pot plant

Plant can be planted in large containers, given sufficient drainage holes.

Hedge plant

Space plants close together to grow into an evergreen hedge.

Attractive fruits

Attractive flowers

Flowers are white, tinged with purple.

Other uses of Persian Lime


The fruit serves as an antibiotic agent, it strengthens the immune system, promotes anti-inflammatory activity, great for eye-health.


Used occasionally as a fresh fruit, but generally served as an accompaniment to salads, avocados, or Asian dishes. It is often processed into juice, for use in lemonade and other non-alcoholic beverages, and dried.