A collection of citrus native to Australia
We have selected the best varieties from the vast range of native limes to bring you the most reliable, vivid and flavoursome.
Currently in our Citrus Gems collection we have EIGHT extraordinary varieties, each with it's own distintictive and unique personality.
Know and enjoyed for centuries by indigenous Australian’s native limes are now hugely popular with the domestic gardener through to the professional chef.
Citrus Gems are a group of adaptable, quirky trees, uniquely Australian and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. They are suited to both pot and garden cultivation. All Citrus Gems are grafted onto citrus rootstock. Which ensures plant health, vigour and increases the plants ability to produce abundant crops of fruit from an early age.
Citrus Gems respond well to pruning. Citrus Gems are extremely hardy and tolerant of frost and dry conditions.
Little Ruby – Finger Lime – Citrus Gems
Little Ruby is the smallest of the Citrus Gems Family.
A compact growing shrub she is a naturally dwarf variety and is well suited to tub and container planting.
Her chubby finger limes are dark green in colour. Little Ruby’s dainty citrus pearls, are rosy red when the fruit is ripe.
The finger limes appear in the autumn, with an occasional guest appearance through other times of the year.
Little Ruby performs best in full sun in a warm protected location.
D’emerald – Finger Lime – Citrus Gems
D’emerald produces long, slender, almost black coloured finger limes, the citrus pearls within, sparkling emerald green, tangy, juicy and very easy to extract. Cropping predominately in the autumn, D’emerald will continue to fruit through the year. A dense growing shrub D’emerald will reach an eventual height of 2 metres and is ideal for creating hedges. D’emerald performs best in full sun in a warm protected location. Use the citrus pearls in creamy sauces, as a garnish for seafood and shellfish.
Green Sapphire – Finger Lime – Citrus Gems
Green Sapphire™ would make a beautiful addition to the garden, it has an endearing willowy habit, soft, light coloured foliage and produces large green finger limes that bulge with juicy, glistening green citrus pearls. Green Sapphire™ is excellent garden performer with a no fuss habit, the finger limes appearing in autumn. Originating from the understory, Green Sapphire™ naturally enjoys a dappled light, although performs best in full sun in a warm protected location.
Judy’s Everbearing Finger Lime – Citrus Gems
Judy's everbearing is a sturdy little tree. Producing very dark green, fat finger limes they burst with finger lime citrusy juice. Spot flowering throughout the year you'll get fruit consistently. The main season being autumn, and then you'll be overwhelmed. Judy's everbearing crops very well. Suited to a range of conditions. Protect from strong winds and salt air. Feed using an organic all purpose fertiliser.
Rainforest Pearl (Finger Lime) – Citrus Gems
Cylindrical, finger sized and shaped fruit. Fruit is usually produced in autumn. Fragrant thin green skin blushed with crimson. Slice fruit open to reveal a vault of glistening citrus pearls bursting with juicy limey flavours. Originating from the understory Rainforest Pearl naturally enjoys dappled light, although performs best in full sun, in a warm protected location. Use the citrus pearls as a delicious garnish for seafood and shellfish, use fruit whole or sliced when making tangy marmalades and sauces.
Desert Limes – Citrus Gems
A high yielding tree that produces grape sized, lemon like fruit with a wild taste of lime. Desert limes usually appear in summer.The sweet tangy fruit has a very thin skin and requires no peeling, just slice it or use the whole fruit to make a zesty lime pickle or marmalade – macerate fruit in a sugar syrup or pop one into your icy cold beer for an Australian twist on a Mexican tradition. Desert Limes are extraordinarily tolerant of dry conditions
Sunrise Lime – Citrus Gems
Sunrise Lime is a cross between a finger lime and calamondin and produces an elegant pear-shaped golden fruit that is juicy and sharp in flavour. The fruit can be eaten whole as the skin and pith is sweet. Sunrise Lime makes a beautiful ornamental plant choice for pots or garden plantings.
Red Centre Lime (Australian Blood Lime) – Citrus Gems
Red Centre Lime, also known as the Australian Blood Lime, is a cross between a finger lime and a mandarin that produces lustrous red, egg shaped fruit about the size of a cumquat. The combination of ruby red skin with a luscious red citrus pulp and a tangy pink juice makes Red Centre Lime the perfect addition to your garden and fruit bowl.