Mexican Lime vs Limequat

surfhbJanuary 8, 2008

I'm trying to decide whether to plant a mexican lime or a limequat in my yard. I live in coastal southern california. here are a few questions i have:

  1. which of these trees would thrive better in this climate?

2) fruit quality- Is there a major size / flavor difference between these two varietals?

3) tree aesthetics- is there a difference in the growth patterns of the trees (i.e. one is more dense or leggy)

any experience you have had with these two trees would be helpful. thanks!

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orchidguyftl(z11 FTL FL)

I prefer Key Limes, they have a better flavor and texture, though they are not as tolerant to cold temps as the limequat. They grow similar so it will all depend on your winter temps

    Bookmark   January 9, 2008 at 12:39PM
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I thought that I preferred Key Limes because of the flavor and compact, upright growing habit of the tree. But now I prefer the Eustis Limequat. More Juice, almost the same lime flavor, but very leggy. My actual Favorite is the bearss lime. Leggy as well.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2008 at 11:46PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

limequat also has the advantage of flowering several times per year and then having fruit that is ripe several times per year. the fruit can vary a lot is size from about the same size as Mexican lime to a little less than half the size. they are a little different in taste, but not much. limequat is still distinctly lime flavor.
Mexican will have a lot more fruit but only for one season per year.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 6:19AM
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You may want to consider a third choice. Look for one fairly new to California called the "Castello Lime" the fruit is a little larger than the mexican lime and it is seedless like the bearss. If you decide on the mexican lime try to get the "thornless" version. It usually produces less fruit but still should be enough for personal use as they don't hold on the tree for long periods anyways. But when it comes time to prune and harvest you will be happier with no thorns.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2008 at 1:10PM
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orchidguyftl(z11 FTL FL)

My mexican lime flowers and fruits constantly throughout the year
I am never without flowers or fruit

    Bookmark   January 16, 2008 at 10:57AM
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My apologies! I sometimes forget that different climates can have a dramatic effect on fruit production and even characteristics.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2008 at 4:05PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

that is good to know, it's clearly a one season tree here, but we do have a VERY different climate.
dittos citruse,
that is... unless..... Orchid, any chance you have a limequat? try tasting the rind, is it a little bit sweet?

    Bookmark   January 18, 2008 at 6:06AM
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orchidguyftl(z11 FTL FL)

its a key/mexican lime
They should be everbearing, UNLESS it is a "thornless key lime" whick is crossed with limequat and not everbearing

    Bookmark   January 19, 2008 at 8:48PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

the reason I ask is that there have be limequat sold under the name mexican lime.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2008 at 11:09PM
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What have you decided? I have all three Limequat in my garden. I use the juice in place of lime juice. Only Tavaras limequat producing but I have hope for the Eustis and Lakeland to fruit this year. If you are looking for Lime juice I would look for Bearss (Persian) lime. My Tavaras provides juice all year and is very ornamental with its copious amount of teardrop yellow fruit all year long.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 11:46AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I would actually suggest a Bearss (Persian) Lime. Bigger limes, more juice and more cold tolerant. You don't say where you are in S. Calif (you should add at least your Sunset zone in your GW zone field), as Mexican (Key) limes are just about the most cold sensitive citrus out there. I really prefer my Bearss lime over all other limes/limequats. Very prolific, and also has a very lovely structure.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 10:48PM
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