Excalibur Red Lime Citrus Tree
What looks like many small oranges hanging from this dwarf tree are actually a cross between kumquat and Rangpur lime. The skin and flesh on the the Excalibur Red Lime Citrus Tree are both orange to red in color but the fruit tastes like a lime, and a very tasty one too. And thanks to the kumquat in its parentage the skin is completely edible and sweet with no pith beneath it. Sure to be a winner with chefs and cocktail artists everywhere. Best of all the tree is everbearing so you’ll have a year round harvest of this very unique fruit.
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Latin Name: Citrus hybrid
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well drained soil. If growing it in a pot, in the winter place your plant in a well-lit room. Potting soil should be coarse, acidic, and well-drained.
Rootstock Description: Flying Dragon is a hardy and very dwarfing rootstock for Citrus that induces very early flowering and fruit production. Trees grown on Flying Dragon will rarely exceed 5 ft. in height and will often produce fruit the year they are planted.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile. You can help it set fruit by taking a small brush and moving pollen from flower to flower.
Hardiness: Hardy to at least 20° F but we’re still trialing them outdoors.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-7 ft., naturally dwarfing and a great container plant
Taste: Sweet, lime-like
Fruit Skin: Orange to red
Fruit Flesh: Orange to red
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: Year round, but heaviest harvests in summer through winter
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Care: Fertilize with citrus mix 3-4 times per year with typical applications in late winter (Jan-Feb), late spring (May-June) and early fall (Sept-Oct).
Pests & Diseases: While outside, Citrus plants will likely not be bothered by insect pests. Be on the lookout for slugs. Indoors, Citrus can have mites, scales and/or aphids. Watch carefully for any problems and treat with an insecticidal soap or wash them off. We have not seen any disease problems on our Citrus plants, though citrus greening virus has become a huge problem in California and Florida.
USDA Zone: 9a, possibly 8b