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AUSTRALIAN ROUND LIME

Australian Round Lime fruitsBotanical Name: Microcitrus australis
Description

The round knobbly fruit, usually reaching 3.5-4 cm in diameter have a distinctive and recognisably citrus flavour, with a similar globular texture to the more commonly known Finger Lime. Also known as Dooja or Gympie lime. Occurs naturally on the fringe of lowland sub-tropical rainforests of southeast Qld, from Brisbane northwards. This slender tree can reach up to 15m in height and 6-8m in diameter with multiple trunks, making it the most vigorous of the native citrus. The round lime is suitable for including in cordials, sauces, marmalades and lime flavouring. The skin is very thick (up to 7mm) and has potential for culinary use, such as grating into spice pastes, or for candied peel and may also have potential for essential oil extraction.

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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas

SA

Suitability in Pots

Yes with 35L+ Pot

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

2-3 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

April, May, June

 

Question & Answer

are the roots intrusive From: Bunya QLD

Perhaps be careful as they can get quite big and hence would need a proportional root system to support them. If you were worried perhaps try a less vigorous dwarf tree or cutting grown tree as they have smaller root systems. #AustralianRound716

Customer Comments on Australian Round Lime

Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. But mainly how to grow a Australian Round Lime Share Your Advice or ask questions on our Forum

Australian Round Lime

Beware of vicious needle like thorns. Unlike the finger lime, I found this one to be very slow growing, despite adequate care. Fruit very useful for Asian food and flavouring. Heavy bearer. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 30-May-2006

Australian Round Lime

It makes delicious lime gelati. Mix up a syrup of 220g of sugar with one cup of water. Bring to boil for one minute ,cool and add pulp from 3 limes and a cup of cream or yogurt. Freeze to a mush,beat and refreeze or use ice cream maker. | Jan Drynan - Mt Gipps, QLD 16-Dec-2008

Australian Round Lime

Does anyone have a good recipe for marmalde for round limes. What do I do with the thick skin? | Jan Drynan - Mt Gipps, QLD 16-Dec-2008

Australian Round Lime

Try to extract oil with the bubblebag system | John Keys - London, UK 20-Feb-2009

Australian Round Lime

Lol at the bubblebag thing. what a novel idea. gotta love the zesty smoke! | Jordan Smith - Nimbin, NSW 21-Feb-2013
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Australian Round Lime (Grafted) 7/10

Emmanuel's Edible Fruits
Update: 2658 days 7hrs

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The only lime that stays on the tree, the fruit can be picked and peels easily like mandarin. Taste is slight sweet  and sour with distinct lime flavour

Fruiting Months January and February

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 4 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Complete D

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Pest Oil when pests like aphids or citrus leaf miner is active

Question:

No real issues


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Comments

Correy says... [2658 days 7hrs ago]
4kg of fruit per year is awesome. Is the reason it stays on the tree because it is resilliant and your other varieties fall off?

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Australian Round Lime (Grafted) 9/10

Jan4's Edible Fruits
Update: 1608 days 24hrs

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This tree was slow to start growing but has been very hardy and productive. Lots of fruit and it makes a great lime pickle. The flavour is similar to finger limes, in fact, I think it is better than some varieties of finger lime I have tasted. It fruits when there is not a lot of other citrus ready ,which is useful.   I use it in a variety of recipes. I will post a better photo of the tree when it has some fruit on, but it is middle of winter and it's not doing much just now.

 

Fruiting Months January and December

Planted: 2006

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 5 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: chook manure occasionally

Pest Control: Manually pick off orange bugs using gloves and drop into soapy water. They don't infest the tree every year so I haven't had to do this for a few years.

Organic Status:Organic


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Australian Round Lime 10/10

Birdybooo1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1914 days 19hrs

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I was going through a 'lime phase' and saw this little beauty at the nursery. I didn't know what this variety is but from the description, it seem to be ok for Melbourne weather. I put this tree into the ground next to my backyard fence. So far it has grown another half a feet and has given me heaps of flowers but only 1 fruit. This isn't a surprise as it is only the first year in the ground. 

I dug quiet a large hole and placed lots of manure and compost/potting mix in the hole. The plant was slightly mounted and I placed lots of mulching around the plant (making sure none actually touches the trunk).I have sprinkled trace mineral around the drip lines and watered it with iron chelate twice in the last 1 year. The plant seem to be happy with this and isn't affected by the hot summer or cold winter.

Planted: 2011

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: manure and slow release fertiliser

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control: Pest oil was used to control leaf miners. I picked off any catapillers by hand.

Organic Status:Pesticides Used


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Australian Round Lime (Grafted) 5/10

Candy1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2969 days 21hrs

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This has not really fruited yet so we are waiting to see what it does this year as it has plenty of flowers.

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Australian Round Lime 5/10

Chawlaswerribee's Edible Fruits
Update: 1065 days 0hrs

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Looks Good


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Australian Round Lime (Grafted) 10/10

Christine1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2639 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Attractive habit

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Never


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Australian Round Lime

Margssubtropical1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2818 days 8hrs

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new in pot March 2010


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For Further Information:

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Photograph contributed by: Mike Saalfeld http://www.homecitrusgrowers.co.uk