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Key Lime Bush

Citrus aurantifolia


1. Size

  • Order now, get it by Tuesday, December 18
  • Ideal for container growing
  • Holds more fruit at younger ages
  • Easier to move indoors or cover during winter

2. Quantity

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 20℉)

Growing Zones 8-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
8-11 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8 ft.

Mature Width:

6-8 ft.



Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

August and December

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Botanical Name:

Citrus aurantifolia

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A Lifetime of Limes

The fresh, sweet scent of the Florida Keys, right in your own garden and now in a fresh silhouette – the Key Lime Bush is a luxuriant, delectable must-have.

And with the Key Lime Bush, it’s easy to go green. For starters, you’ll have fruit in one to two years. Care is low-maintenance, too, which means fruitful gains and vibrant hues, all without much hassle. It’s easier to move indoors during the winter than other varieties and holds more fruit at a younger age.

So, not only does the Key Lime look amazing and produce artful yet tasty little treats, but its lovely flowers also deliver a wonderful scent that will freshen your home during winter months. It’s a bountiful beauty that wows, month after month. And because it’s resistant to pests and diseases, you can grow your Key Limes organically.

It’s a pick for all seasons and all locales, especially since the Key Lime Bush is self-pollinating and will reliably bear tons of fruit season after season. If you're growing your bush indoors, simply remove one flower and gently wipe it over the others. After about four months, your lime's flavor will be prime for picking. A pale green color is usually your “key” that they're ready to enjoy.

Year-round luxe with lavish looks and flavor, easy as 1-2-3. Is there anything better? Order your Key Lime Bush today!

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Key Lime Bush Pollination

Key Lime Bush are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Key Lime Bush will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

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Tree arrived with no damage. This tree is definitely healthy but still in shock. Hasn’t dropped leaves but is holding its own. I’m excited for the future of this tree.I would definitely recommend this tree.
October 9, 2018
2 months ago
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Beautiful green color
The leaves arrived a bright green; traveled well in shipment.
I have it in a pot until I figure out where in the garden I want to plant it. It seems to be doing very well in the pot. I can't wait to get some limes!
October 5, 2018
2 months ago
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The tree was very small but appears healthy. For the price, I was expecting a tree larger than 14” in height.
September 17, 2018
3 months ago
Lovely, healthy little tree. I can't wait till it grows, and let limes grow! And the leaves are delicate and fragrant.
September 9, 2018
4 months ago
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I received a crooked twig with a few leaves on top!!
I was surprised when I opened the box an saw a stick with just a few leaves. I really hope that this plant does well. Time will tell. All of the other plants I’ve ordered in the past were healthy and robust. I feel as though I’ve paid way too much for the twig that I've received.
September 5, 2018
4 months ago
Nice Plant
Received it in good condition and healthy. Transplanted it to a larger pot. Still waiting for new growth. Looking forward to blooms and finally some limes.
August 2, 2018
5 months ago
Full of limes
We ordered the tree in February. It looked great when we got it. Planted it in a pot and kept it inside since it was still cold. It did lose a lot of it's leaves after I potted it but by the time I moved it outside most of the leaves grew back. It flowered for awhile and then all of the limes started to grow! Can't wait for them to be picked!
August 2, 2018
great condition!
We love our little lime tree. Came very healthy looking, transplanted without any problems and has already has lots of new growth in just 2 months. Can't wait for our first lime!!!
July 21, 2018
5 months ago
So beautiful. Got it at 2 years old. Keeping it potted and bringing it inside in winter. LOTS of flowers. I hope next year we get limes! It has grown so much and is really happy
July 15, 2018
10 months ago
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Key Lime Tree Evaluation
I received the tree and it was in excellent shape as was my previous purchase of the Meyer Lemon Tree. I have had it several weeks now and am waiting for blossoms and ultimately fruit. I do not believe I will be disappointed.
June 27, 2018
6 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Key Lime Bush

Key Lime Bush Planting Diretions

An excellent selection for any area, indoors or out, the Key Lime Bush is a vivacious yet versatile selection. Limes do well outdoors in USDA growing zones 8 through 11. They can be planted in full sun, but if you’re in zones 10 through 11, offer the plant some afternoon shade for protection from extreme heat.


If you’re planting in a container, keep your Key Lime Bush in full sun (8+ hours) during the spring and summer while it’s outside. Supplement with a grow light while it’s indoors so that the plant gets the necessary 6 to 8 hours of bright, direct light.


Planting Directions (in ground): If you are located in zones 8 through 11 and your winter temperatures stay consistently warm, your Key Lime Bush will do well outside – simply ensure the soil is well-drained.


1) Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball.
2) Place the bush in the hole and back fill it with your sandy, well-draining and acidic soil. If you have clay soil, try amending it first with sand, stone, perlite or fine potting soil.
3) Tamp the soil down as you back fill and after planting, be sure to give your Key Lime Bush a deep watering until the ground is wet but not saturated. Mulching around the bush will additionally help insulate the roots and keep your plant warm.


Planting Instructions (in container): If your winter temperatures consistently fall below 40 degrees, plant your bush in a container to place outside in the summer months and inside during winter.

Choose a pot slightly larger than your Key Lime Bush’s shipped container, with plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. Be sure to plant in well-draining potting soil recommended for acid-loving citrus plants.


1) Fill your pot halfway with soil, remove the bush from its original pot and gently place it in the potting soil.
2) Fill in around the bush with the remainder of the soil, leaving about an inch from the soil surface to the rim of the pot for easy watering.
3) Lightly tamp down the soil, and give the Key Lime Bush a deep watering until water flows from the holes in the bottom of the pot.
4) Place your bush in a well-lit area of your home, preferably a South-facing window.

Supplement with a grow light if your Key Lime Bush does not receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day. You may also need to create humidity for your plant by placing the pot on a saucer of pebbles or misting the leaves daily.


Watering: Deep watering is best so that it can penetrate your plant’s root system. After watering, allow the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Mulching can help retain the soil moisture and also combat competing grasses/weeds as well.

For potted Key Lime Bushes, stick your index finger into the soil, down to about 2 inches. If it’s moist, hold off on watering. When you do water the plant, stop once you see water escaping the drainage holes at the base of the pot.


Fertilization: Feed your Key Lime Bush during the warmer spring and summer seasons with a citrus-specific fertilizer, preferably once every six weeks. During the fall and winter season, ease back to fertilizing once every 2 to 3 months. Once the bush has matured a bit, you can skip the cold season fertilization. The same fertilizing regimen should be followed for potted Key Lime Bushes as well – ensure that you follow the application instructions written on the fertilizer bag.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
The gift was for someone who likes limes
Pam T on Dec 6, 2018
Always wanted a key lime tree .
Gloria F on Oct 28, 2018
The gift was for someone who likes limes
Pam T on Dec 6, 2018
had one that was over watered, sad, sad. Trying again. Wonderful tree.
Timothy S on Nov 14, 2018
Always wanted a key lime tree .
Gloria F on Oct 28, 2018
do we also get the free strawberry plant? Thank you
Raymond R on Sep 6, 2018
Cant cook without lime, and what's better than getting them off your own tree!
Steve C on Aug 28, 2018
It's a house warming gift for my son and daughter-in-law. They have a beautiful sun room this plant should thrive in...bringing them yummy drinks and desserts!
Kim C on Aug 4, 2018
Classic lime tree
Mary K on Jul 29, 2018
I have one other and want to have pollinators
Michael Y on Jul 8, 2018
We use a lot of lime in our cooking. It is a staple and sometimes the selection at the store is not great. We are hoping that this tree will be the answer to our lime situation.
Gabriel B on Jul 1, 2018
This tree is perfect size to enjoy outside during the season and I can easily bring inside when temperature drop below 20 degrees. It will look great in my kitchen. Nothing like drinking fresh lime juice on a hot summer day.
Juana I on Jun 18, 2018
A gift for my husband, to go with his Corona beer.
Kimberly H on Jun 13, 2018
Our Hispanic household NEEDS a lime tree for all the taco's and guac we make ;)
Sierra S on Jun 7, 2018
We have a upick orchard and we like to add new varieties for our customers.
stephan m on May 16, 2018
For my son and his wife as they use them often in their cooking.
Linda W on May 12, 2018
Tree Size
George O on May 7, 2018
cause limes be LIT
Matthew M on May 1, 2018
My mom was born in Key West and made the best homemade key lime pies from real key limes. It's impossible to get the real thing these days, so, I will grow my own. Can't wait. There is NO substitute.
FP C on Apr 12, 2018
We use a lot of limes for cooking and drinks. I'm delighted by the idea of having my own tree.
Ilse F on Apr 9, 2018
I look forward to making a pie!
Sara B on Apr 8, 2018
Wanted a lime tree in my garden
Roxanne M on Apr 8, 2018
I love to grow plants in my apartment and if I can get food out of it, why not.
April Lynne H on Apr 7, 2018
We selected a Key Lime tree for 4. reasons: 1. Flavor of fruit, 2. Availability, shipping next day, 3. Reputation for surviving indoors as a potted tree, and 4. Size/Maturity of tree being purchased helps increase viability for survival during shock of transport and repotting.
Angi P on Mar 21, 2018
I like Key Lime Pie
Patricia B on Mar 20, 2018
My Family enjoys limes to use for cooking and as a snack. Wanted to get one that grows in a pot first as we are waiting for our home to be built.
Tim D on Mar 18, 2018
Great for using with our guacamole & margaritas!
Jarred J on Mar 12, 2018
wanted to have a indoor fruit tree. Key lime will have good aroma inside the house and also provides fresh lemonade.....hopefully I see good fruits in short time. so bought a expensive 3-4foot tree
Renga K on Mar 5, 2018
Can't buy these fruit trees in Fla. anymore no more key limes in Fla., WHY ?
Lloyd S on Mar 4, 2018
for healthy living, salad, tea, keylime
Natalina W on Feb 20, 2018
Key lime is very healthy fruit not only makes your home smells good, but it is great for tea, salad and key lime pie, (:
Natalina W on Feb 20, 2018
Again Dad is from Key West. I can't wait to use grandma's Key Lime Pie recipe with real fresh Key Limes off the tree like she did! Just need live chickens running around the yard for the eggs and it will be like going home
Renee S on Feb 18, 2018
Patricia L on Feb 3, 2018
pretty and we like limes
Abby G on Jan 21, 2018
Lime is good to all mixt drinks, and the smell of fresh lime in the house is fabulous.
GEORGE R on Jan 16, 2018
Patricia B on Jan 13, 2018
Spousal request
Thomas B on Dec 16, 2017
We live in Florida. Always wanted a lime tree.
Cathy P on Dec 14, 2017
Key lime pie and gin and tonic with lime! Lol
Jacqueline L on Dec 7, 2017
A gift for my daughter and son-in-law who expressed a desire to have Key Lime Tree for their new home
Craig-Kathie J on Nov 30, 2017
fragrant and fruits
Reynold S on Nov 14, 2017
variety I did not have, will enjoy the pie
Dennis R on Nov 11, 2017
Our friends have been giving us limes off of their tree and we thought it would be fun to have a small tree in our courtyard growing our own limes.
NANCY G on Oct 23, 2017
Gift for my boss
Jennifer W on Oct 11, 2017
Wanted lime
Herbert i on Sep 30, 2017
Have had a tree before -- fruit makes great juice and pies
Sally H on Sep 27, 2017
for the limes
thomas o on Sep 17, 2017
We've had much success with the Meyer Lemon tree (which we sadly lost last year due to an unexpected ice storm) so the lime presented another opportunity for a "You grew this" moment. FYI - it is doing very well so far!
Maryalice H on Sep 15, 2017
Can't wait to grow these and make pies!
Merrily S on Aug 14, 2017
I read the reviews and this tree seemed perfect for my back yard area. I have bought fruit trees in stores before and they did not catch on, so thought I would try purchasing through the mail from a company that had many good reviews. I live in florida and would love to walk into my back yard and pick enough limes to make a pie, or garnish a drink! I retire next year!
Judith M on Aug 5, 2017
I have always wanted a lime tree to make some pies and also to use with drinks!
Dawn L on Jul 17, 2017
Must have lime for gin and tonic, too lazy to go to store
John B on Jun 30, 2017
had one that was over watered, sad, sad. Trying again. Wonderful tree.
Timothy S on Nov 14, 2018
do we also get the free strawberry plant? Thank you
Raymond R on Sep 6, 2018
I have had my key lime tree for a couple of years. It flowers but no limes develop. Why?
Kathy G on Mar 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You might need to do some hand pollination. Here is a link to one of our blogs for instructions:
is the key lime tree self pollinating?
David H on Jan 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are self pollinating. The Key Lime Lime trees are self-fruitful, meaning their flowers contain both male and female parts, so they provide their own pollen. If kept indoors at all times we would suggest to hand pollinate.
Is this a thornless key lime tree.?...I googled thornless and this site came up, but it does not say that it is thornless.
Andria D on Mar 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No this is not thornless.
How often should I water my container lime tree in the winter; it doesn’t get below 40f here.?
Susan M. on Nov 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have 2 trees right now in the basement here in Iowa and water them once a week pluss the leaves twice a week, the trees looks beautiful,
Can I plant my lime plant in the same pot as my lemon tree?
Ashlyn H on Nov 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You could, but I would not recommend doing so. These trees require space to grow both root systems and their canopy. Planting them close will hinder growth and production. I have a lime and lemon in separate pots that are 3' apart and prune the trees to keep their canopies small. Both produce lots of fruit.
My plant blooms and produces tiny limes constantly. But, they never mature. Suggestions?
Jennifer B on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It could be a cause of lack of certain kinds of nutrients which can result in your key lime tree not producing blossoms and fruit. Fertilizing lime trees means that they need to get a good amount of nitrogen as well as phosphorus and an occasional boost to the acidity level of the soil.

Feed your Key Lime tree during the warmer spring and summer seasons with a citrus specific fertilizer once every six weeks. Espoma Citrus Tone is highly recommended but any organic fertilizer specifically for citrus should suffice. This will help keep your tree on a healthy growth cycle but also replenish the nutrients in the soil. During the fall and winter season, ease back to fertilizing once every 2-3 months. Once the tree has matured a bit and has got a few years on it, you can skip the cold season fertilization. The same fertilizing regimen should be followed for potted Key Lime trees as well. Make sure to follow the application instructions written on the fertilizer bag.
Are the 4-5 ft trees ? Or bushes ?
Jojo M on Apr 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The 4-5ft is in tree form.
I’m gonna be planting my key lime in a pot what type of soil should I plant it in?
Jackson L on Mar 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I like to use the Citrus, Palm and Cactus soil by Miracle Grow.
My four ft tree is all of a sudden loosing all is leaves. It is in large pot indoors by window. Have had two years, outside in summer
Why is it loosing all its leaves?
Betsy on Feb 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If its recently been moved from outdoors to indoors, it could be in shock and will bounce back in time.
Are the key lime tree resistant to deer?
Leroy B on Feb 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is is deer resistant. However if food is sparse deer will eat anything.
Live in zone 6. Have a potted key lime tree. At what temp do we need to bring it inside?
Gregg on Nov 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would bring it in before the first frost.
What type of tree is a key lime...unisex,male or female? Trying to find out how to pollinate.
Frank on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Lime trees are unisex, not needing a pollinator.
Why do citrus trees that grow in region 7/8 in TX, not ship to this area?
Kay C on Aug 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agricultural restrictions prohibits us from shipping it into your state.
Do the limes produce seeds in them?
Shy G on Aug 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the Key Limes are seedless.
Why won't my lime bloom?
Mike k on Jun 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There could be a number of reasons why your Lime tree is not blooming. Could be a lack of nutrients or not getting enough heat/sunlight, improper watering. Sometimes with fruit, they just wont produce for a year, it could be environmental stress, or the tree could be reserving its energy for next years production.
Want to keep in pot. Do you offer Dwarf key lime? Or just keep it pruned?
Jen J on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Key Lime that we carry gets 6-12 foot, you can prune them to your desired height.
Once the fruit is on the tree how do you know when it’s ripe?
Sarah C on Nov 20, 2018
I bought a small lime tree in March 2018. Now in sept 2018 it is doing fine. It has sprouted a couple branches that have much bigger leaves. Is this maybe a hybrid. Should I trim those different branches off?
Edward on Sep 15, 2018
Can I plant my key lime tree near palms or will they compete for nutrients?
Laura C on Sep 9, 2018

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