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Hello gardeners and citrus specialists in particular! As part of our new home we have inherited a variety of citrus we have no knowledge of. Its not a lime or a lemon, is thick skinned, looks like a lime (though some go yellow) and tastes more like a lemon (not as tart). The tree does not have thorns & small bugs love it. Any ideas as to what it may be? Thank s.
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sternus1 says...
Tahitian lime.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Its got seeds so maybe not Tahiti, unusual to get seeds. How about Myer Lemon ?
How big are the biggest fruit ?
Can you better describe the fruit. Can you use it as a lemon ? Any odd flavors?
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New Home Owner says...
Its definitely not Tahitian lime. (My husband is from Tahiti).
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New Home Owner says...
The fruit is about same size as Tahitian lime. Doesn't get much bigger. Skin is thicker though, more like lemon. Fruit has a strong smell. Taste is closer to lemon (less acidic) but also like another fruit mixed in.
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sternus1 says...
Possibly some kind of calamansi type thing. Some of the thai citrus look like that especially if they haven't been getting full sun.
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Brain says...
My best guess is the west indian lime or sublime.
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Thithi says...
Not sublime. I got 2 sublime plants. Does not look like it. I would have guessed it could be West Indian lime but sublime is cutting grown of West Indian.
http://www.annettemcfarlane.com/Citrus%20Guide.pdf
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Boris Spasky says...
A limequat--likely Eustis. A rare gem if that is the case.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Limequat? foliage seems wrong for a Fortunella hybrid, ie not Kumquat type foliage. Not West Indian lime, maybe not Sublime which is close to a Tahiti type. I'm seeing under ripe fruit, not at colour break, also Limes go yellow when fully ripe(outside the tropics)so maybe wrongly thinking its a lime because its green. May have to wait till peel fully colours to fully ID.
If I zoom out on the pics, mainly looks like Myer lemon ?
http://skinnydecadence.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/my-meyer-lemon-tree.html
http://thedigitalmuse.net/piceenp/growing-meyer-lemon-tree-texas
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Chris says...
Foliage is bit hard to tell from pics. But fruit doesn't have the shape of Meyer and lacking the 'nipple' present even on green fruit.
Bit of a mystery.
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New Home Owner says...
Just looking into west Indian lime - but no thorns on tree.
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New Home Owner says...
Have just looked at calamansi images - not this either - fruit does not ripen to orange. Although front of bush partially shaded in front, its in full sun facing north
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New Home Owner says...
The eustis limequat description & fruit seem closest. Will post a closer photo of foliage.
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New Home Owner says...
Detail of foliage/leaf, note its sitting amongst a few other bushes so form bit hard to distinguish
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Thithi says...
Leaves do look like sublime leaves but sublime is quite upright and compact. I think it could be West Indian lime.
(Btw, I have euraka, Tahitian, and sublime only, I don't have Meyer or West Indian to compare)
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Chris says...
Well if you had a WI you'd know it has nasty thorns! OP says it has no thorns.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
From the new pics it looks like a Mandarin Lime. The most common are the many types of Rangpur Lime, which have lime like acid fruit with a dash of mandarin flavour. They finish up with puffy skin, mandarin looking fruit.
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/mandarin-lime-trees/growing-mandarin-limes.htm
Your tree has yellow fruit.
In that case it is, or close to a Kusaie Lime.
http://citruspages.free.fr/images/kusaie2.jpg
http://citruspages.free.fr/images/kusaie3.jpg
These dont have as strong a mandarin note to their flavour, more like bitter lemon. I would see what the older fruit end up like, also is it a grafted tree, or seedling which can be a bit variable ?

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jakfruit etiquette says...
New Home Owner, any updates on your tree ??
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