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Key limes are small citrus trees with highly fragrant white blossoms. They produce many delightful fruits which are excellent for cooking. In this region, they are best grown in pots so that they can be moved in and out as the temperatures dictate.

Latin Name

Citrus x aurantiifolia



Also Known As

Bartender's Lime

Type of Plant

Fruits Fruits
Tropical Tropical


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 12'
Max spread Max Spread: 8'


  • Edible
  • Flowering Tree
  • Ornamental

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    Southeast Asia


    During his 1797 visit to Mount Vernon, Amariah Frost observed the curiosities of figs, raisins, limes, and oranges.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    10a 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 10a 10b

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