Palestine Lime Tree (Citrus limettioides)

Palestine Lime Tree

We love Key Limes, Tahiti Limes, Rangpur Limes and Mexican Limes for their tart flavor that gives us such mouth-puckering treats like pies and limeades and great sour flavored condiments. (What’s a fish taco without the lime?) But sometimes that lime taste is just a little overwhelming and lemon just won’t work. That’s when you need a delicious Palestine Lime (Citrus limettioides)!

Palestine Limes aren’t ripe until they turn a soft yellow (not green like other limes). When they ripen they have a mild lime flavor, perfect for Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. These limes are wonderful squeezed in juice or tea, or grated for zest in baked goods or curries.

The trees start off the season with very aromatic white flowers, which will make your garden smell heavenly. They are strong growers in pots indoors by a sunny window, too.

Planting and Application:

This tree is a great landscape tree that is one of the hardiest citrus trees in cultivation. It is so hardy that growers often use it as rootstock for less hardy varieties, harnessing the robustness of the Palestine Sweet Lime’s Trees roots and trunk to grow more fragile fruit in cooler places.

Citrus trees are lovely ornamentals in their own right, from the glistening and fragrant white blooms to the glossy evergreen foliage, you’ll enjoy a specimen tree and wonderful shade tree for both front or back yard enjoyment! These are also fantastic pruned smaller and used in containers, indoors or out.

  • Subtle Lime flavor – not overpowering
  • Hardiest Citrus Tree available
  • Great in containers
  • Rounded fruit – Bright yellow rind & flesh
  • Specimen & Ornamental Tree

Tips for Care:

The Palestine Lime tree is a very hardy, adaptable and tolerant Citrus with a tough root system. Plant in a full sun location that is very well-drained and fertile. Citrus trees dislike soggy soil and prefer to dry out some between waterings.

  • Full sun, low moisture needs
  • Provide regular fertilizer
  • Learn about Pruning Fruit Trees and Caring for Citrus Tree in our Garden Blog
  • Slightly acidic soil that’s enriched & well-drained

Palestine Lime Tree (Citrus limettioides) Details

Common name Palestine Lime Tree
Botanical name Citrus limettioides
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 8-11 (Patio 4-11)
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3 - 5 Years
Height 15 - 20 ft.
Width 8 - 10 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White