Citrus glauca – Desert Lime

The Desert lime is a thorny large shrub to small tree, from 3 metres to 7 metres tall. It is a useful bush food plant with strongly flavoured fruit. It comes from inland areas, and naturally grows on clay soils. It is a tough plant, but doesn’t like too much humidity or wet feet. The numerous thorns and suckering habit may limit the growth of the desert lime in garden situations.


Family : Rutaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree, Large shrub
Width : 5
Flowering Time : Spring
Soil Type : Clay, Clay loam, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained
Special Uses : Edible, Decorative fruit, Bird nesting plant
Scientific Name: Citrus glauca
Common Name : Desert Lime
Height : 7
Flower Color : Cream
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Butterflies, Other insects