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Kaffir Lime, Thai Bai Makrut
Scientific Name: Citrus hystrix DC.
Synonym: Fortunella sagittifolia
Family: Rutaceae
Kaffir Lime, Thai Bai Makrut (Citrus  hystrix) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 10

Frost Tolerance: Semi tender in Phoenix. Protect the young trees on frosty nights.

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: South east Asia (Thailand, Indonesia)

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree to 10 feet tall (3 m)

Watering Needs:


The leaves of this tree are used in Thai cooking, they are aromatic and have a fragrance similar to lemon gras. They have the characteristic shape seen on the picture.

Kaffir Lime, Thai Bai Makrut (Citrus  hystrix)

Blooming Habits:
The tree can bloom at any time during the year, but the heaviest blossom is in April in Phoenix. The fruit mature in about 10 months.

Fruiting Habits:
The fruit is sour, similar in taste to limes. It is not eaten fresh, since it contains almost no juice.

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