A delicate rainforest tree that naturally occurs as an understorey tree in SE Queensland and
Northern NSW Australia. Finger Lime trees are erect trees growing up to 10 metres. The fruits can be green and cylindrical in shape, up to 100mm long and only about 20-30mm in diameter. They do have prominent thorns and do contain some seeds.They have a thin skin that ranges in colour from green, yellow, red, purple to even a black. The oil cells on the rind are small giving the fruit a great glossy appearance. The fruit contains an acid juice similar to that of a lime and has been rated by famous chefs as 'superior' to other limes.Juice vesicles are compressed and burst out (staying in one piece) when the skin of the fruit is cut, enabling them to be used in creative ways.
Used in chutneys, jams, marmalades, savoury sauces and refreshing drinks. In great demand for culinary use as it displays well as a garnish. The fruits can also be frozen successfully without destroying the fruits flavour or texture on thawing, thus allowing us to have access to the fruits all year round. They make an excellent pot specimen.
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Plant Information or Specifications
Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Customer Comments on Finger Lime
Keep well watered and fertilise regularly but lightly with citrus food. Watch for scale and sooty mold. Keep any mulch well away from the stem as it's prone to fungal rot. Full sun to part shade. Good drainage necessary. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 04-Feb-2006
I live in canberra and bought some finger lime tree`s last year. They dont seem to mind the cold, had 2 plants out in the open and they encountered a few frosts but it didnt seem to affect them at all. | Geoff - Canberra, ACT 17-Nov-2008
Finger Lime - Ricks Red
I want to suck your blood!!! | Count Limeular - Perth, NSW 19-Feb-2008
I have 3 finger limes that are growing vigorously and have started to bear fruit at 18 months old. At least as fast growing as normal citrus and do not even get the leaf damage normal citrus suffer in Winter here. We are cooler than Melbourne. | Anthony Miceli - Mornington, VIC 07-Nov-2008
Can anyone give me information on growing these trees in Canberra. What would be the best variety and what special needs would they have? | Louise Mckenna - Canberra, ACT 01-Feb-2009
I recently saw an article about this fruit on television and I am really interested in trying to grow (one) to start. I live in Bundaberg Qld and have heard they are really hard to grow? Can anyone give me advice on planting and variety to plant. | Debra Young - Bundaberg , QLD 06-Mar-2009
Debra I know of several in Baffle Ck area, some several years old and producing. I had one in Miriam Vale that stood up to light frosts without problems so Bundy should be OK | John H - Bafle Ck, QLD 04-Apr-2009
Debra - I have a number of finger limes in the ground in your area if you would like to have a look - email@example.com | M Walden - Burnett Heads, QLD 07-May-2009
I had 35 examples and my dog and my rat eat them all | Ginger Fringe - Dimollo Shanghai , VIC 11-Jul-2009
I have grown my grafted fingerlime for 2 years now. They may tolerate frosts but don't like strong wind. The only flowering I had was blown away 12 months ago and nothing since. Any suggestions appreciated. | Ann - , QLD 01-Dec-2009
Planted tubestock April 2009. Didn't grow one cm until March 2010, but has almost doubled it's volume in 2 months. Plant is well drained. Climate is humid, high rainfall autumn-winters, dry summers, 20-30 degrees year round. | Candice K - Yamba, NSW 06-May-2010
I have grown my Finger Lime both in a pot then in the ground in the inner west in Sydney. It flowered and fruuited well, but the wind will blow all the flowers off in August if not protected. | Rebecca Simmonds - Sydney, NSW 05-Jan-2011
I have over 20 fingerlime grafted plants and what i have found is to pott hem in a 28 ltr pot with perlite for an inch at the bottom and use the debco rose mix and add some citrus slow release this works well to get them to flower within 12 months ! | Murray Evans - New Lambton Hts, NSW 01-Aug-2011
We grow them successfullly in Kangaroo Valley NSW Sth Coast. They fruit prolifically and I have seen them for big $$$$per kg at the Sydney markets. Very much in demand for dressings and boutique restaurants. | Julia Johnston - Kangaroo Valley, NSW 19-Sep-2011
Because they are so spiny and the growth is dense they are great havens for wildlife - we have birds nesting in ours, tiny tree frogs, and a few of the usual things that like feeding on citrus. All this, and the bonus of the fruit. | Dave - Sydney, NSW 10-Mar-2012
I have been growing my finger lime in a pot , protected area in the open, and it doesn't suffer from frost, which we get frequently in the central highlands of Victoria, it has fruited and this season has 25 so far on a plant is 1 meter tall. | Sye Zerafa - Castlemaine , VICTORIA 23-Jan-2013
I have a miniature goat free ranging in my garden. Surprisingly she does not touch any of my citrus plants nor my finger limes! I currently have at least 20 different citrus and finger limes. Intending now to plant many more. | Sandra Gibbon - Winmalee Blue Mountains, NSW 22-Mar-2014
Have just planted a rainforest pearl. Growing well with Nat dynamic lifter in hole and mulched with cane trash | Pedro - Bundaberg, QLD 21-Nov-2014
A very hardy plant great for planting in verges - The Spikes stop the dogs & possums! Also has fabulous dark purple new growth which then turns from light to dark green as it matures. | Alasdair - Sydney, NSW 06-Jan-2015
Finger Lime - Grafted
2nd season in and our grafted tree is looking fine, we took all the fruit off in the first year (force of habit) and have just been eating this seasons with family at lunch, we live in Southern Tasmania | Lalani Anne Hyatt - Margate, TASMA 31-May-2015
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For Further Information:
Fingerlime Harvest From Daleys Nursery - Blog about the 2006 harvest.
http://www.newcrops.uq.edu.au/newslett/ncn10211.htm -New Crops Fingerlime Article