Kaffir Lime Trees

Citrus hystrix


The Kaffir Lime Tree is a tropical citrus with scented aromatic green leaves, for those who enjoy Thai cooking.
I love my tree, it produces new leaves from the tips of the old ones and the scent of the leaves is wonderful and the taste to food is sublime.


Botanical name

Citrus hystrix

Approx height when sent

10-20cms in a Terracotta pot, 0.5 – 0.75 metres 5L pot, 30 – 50cms 2L pot


A bushy evergreen shrub like tree with wonderfully scented leaves. The leaves grow from the tips of the older leaf to protect it from over stripping. How magical is nature. Funny nobly green fruit is also used in cooking and like the leaves, can be dried. The leaves are essential for anyone interested in Thai & Oriental cooking. Grow your own for a cooking experience, it is fun to have the little tree, on your patio or windowsill and the scent is marvelous.

Citrus are not hardy in cold countries and must be kept in a pot, in a conservatory, greenhouse or on a cool well lit windowsill in the cold months. In severe weather, a heated conservatory or fleece is recommended. Do not keep near a hot radiator.

Citrus requires care and attention to flourish but gives you ample reward for your care. It benefits from John Innes No3 compost together with summer and winter citrus feed. Please follow planting and care instruction carefully.

Benefits from a special citrus feed. Comes with care sheet.
Continued use of citrus feed recommended – available for £4.75 from website.
Common Name: Kaffir lime
Latin Name: Citrus hystrix
Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil
Habit: Bushy evergreen shape
Position: Sunny protected area
Flowering period: Difficult to pin point in Britain
Colour: White flowers
Hardiness: Not hardy, needs some protection.
Eventual Height/Spread: 1m x 70cm / 4ft x 3ft
Special features: Grown for its aromatic scented leaves and nobbly green fruit.


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