Key limes are one of the most fantastic of all citrus; their unique acidic flavor is unparalleled. Key lime seeds were first brought to Haiti by Columbus in 1493, (from the Canary Islands), and by 1520 they were plentiful on the island. The limes soon became naturalized on in many parts of the West Indies, on the coast of Mexico and ultimately in the Florida Keys. The first mention of the Key lime in the Keys was in 1839. It was said that "plantings of the trees were increasing in numbers." On Indian Key, in 1838, Henry Perrine planted a few lime trees. At the beginning of the 19th century, some 60 years later, limes had naturalized and were very abundant on many of the Keys. In 1906, after a devastating hurricane killed nearly all of the pineapple industry in the Key's, the lime production increased dramatically so that by 1923 many groves in south Florida were growing only the Key Lime. They mature throughout the year, but the peak season is in the summer. They like hot, humid, full sun locations. Key Limes are usually no bigger around than a 1 inch and about as long. They are green and over-ripen yellow. The tree is bushy in habit and will grow no bigger than 12-15 feet. Key Limes are one of the few citrus that do not need to be grafted, but most are. Our dwarf trees are grafted onto Flying Dragon dwarfing rootstock (Poncirus trifoliata) syn. (Citrus trifoliate).