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lime berry seeds

Lime berry seeds

Limonia trifolia, Trifasia aurantiola.
Common name
Lemondichina, Limau kiah, Lime berry, limeberry, limon de China, limoncillo, limonsito.
Rutaceae (Citrus family).

Lime berry grows as an ornamental shrub to a height of 9′. It has trifoliate dark-green leaves and small, white fragrant flowers. These are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). The edible lime tasting fruits are bright red with 2 – 3 small seeds.
Originally from Java, Indonesia, limeberry is growing abundantly in Suriname and cultivated as impenetrable hedges, due to the numerous small thorns of the stems.
It also can be used for bonsai cultivation.
The small fruit can be cooked to make preserve or used in frozen yogurts.

In traditional medicine from Java, the leaves are used externally against skin diseases and colic.

Lime berry seeds

Small, red colored, berry like fruit, with acidic, lime flavored flesh.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Limeberry. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in October 2018.


Small tree or shrub to 15-20ft. Trees often have a shrubby, bush-like growth habit. Flowers and fruits may be born through much of the year, with concentrations during summer months.


The limeberry is fairly hardy and can survive frosty temperatures.

Growing Environment

Grow in full sun to part shade. Water regularly. Protect from long frosts or hard freezes.


Eaten raw. Used in beverages.

Native Range

Native to Java, Indonesia.

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A variety of the citrus family, the Limeberry is a spiny shrub growing 6 to 10 ft. tall and a hardy plant surviving frosty temperatures when mature. An ornamental shrub excellent for use as a hedge, even an impenetrable hedge. Great citrus variety for bonsai as well.

Fruit is small berry like and ripens to red / dark red, edible and eaten raw right off the tree, lime flavored and somewhat sweet.

Seeds packed fresh on date of purchase with planting instructions included. Immediate planting is recommended to ensure germination. Planting information assistance is gladly provided on request.