Finger Lime trees were traditionally found in the sub-tropical rainforests of Northern NSW and Queensland, part of the Bundjalung language nation.
Citrus australasica fruit are prized for their unusual looking finger shaped fruit which contain tiny juice-filled vesicles, looking somewhat like caviar. Several new varieties have been bred in Australia in the last 2 decades and naturally there are many different coloured variants; yellow, green, purple and red skinned and/or fleshed varieties.
White Autumn flowers are followed in Winter and Spring by slow-growing finger-shaped fruit containing glistening ‘citrus pearls’. When bitten, these pearls explode in a juicy sweet, refreshing burst.
Finger Lime fruit doesn’t ripen well off the tree, so pick only fully ripe fruit – these will feel full and detach easily. When opening the fruit, avoid getting oil from the rind onto the pearls, as this can affect the flavour.
Finger Limes thrive in dappled light as well as full sun. Plant in well-draining soil, mulch in Spring and keep ground moist in Summer. Protect from frost and drying winds. For best results, fertilise lightly every 3 months, and feed regularly with small quantities of worm castings or seaweed emulsion.
This tree can grow up to 6m in height, but may be kept small with regular pruning. As a thorny shrub or small tree, it provides suitable protection for nesting birds. Makes an excellent and elegant pot specimen for a courtyard or balcony.
As seed-raised Citrus, the majority of our Citrus australasica will be green-fruited varieties, with the possibility of a small percentage being pink/red fruited.
Host Plant for Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly
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