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Heshuabenni
Oct 31, 2017 4:20 PM CST
I purchased a bearss lime tree that approximately 4' tall. The person I purchased it from told me it could get to 16'. (They did not say semi dwarf or std) I understand most citrus isnt grown quickly. Im wanting this tree to grow the most robust and quickest. I just planted it and would love the tree to get anywhere from 10-15' and grow into my open deck which is approximately 5' away. From this picture could someone tell me if this tree has the potential to grow nice and wide if I train it appropriately? And approximate height? Its also about 7-8' away from a semi dwarf tangerine should that be of concern? Im new to gardening and Im just stressing about locations! Any and all input appreciated. Ive been watching hours and hours of gardening advice. Thanks in advance!

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 31, 2017 5:05 PM CST
I don't know whether it is a dwarf or not, but it will grow best with full sun. Does that very nearby wall shade it? I wonder if it has room to grow to the dimensions you want in that location.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Oct 31, 2017 6:30 PM CST
I have to prune mine a few times a year to keep it at about 12'. It does need full sun.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 2, 2017 6:34 PM CST
In my experiences with what they call : dwarf and semi-dwarf trees, is a big fat lie ! Theres nothing dwarf about them, from a standard fruit tree. For a dwarf tree, you have to buy what they call a 'True Dwarf'! They only grow 4 to maybe 6 feet tall. So, unless yours is a 'true dwarf '. Your safe !
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Nov 2, 2017 6:49 PM CST
I have seen dwarf Meyer lemons and dwarf grapefruit trees that form nice rounded trees that seem to stay at around 10 feet, but they also grow right down to the ground. I think whether or not they are pruned, might be the difference...as well as how much sun is available to them. If they have to reach for sun, they will.
Southern California
Heshuabenni
Nov 2, 2017 7:03 PM CST
Thank you all so much! Im in southern california and itll be in direct sun 7-8hours a day. The wall shades it in the late afternoon. Ill hope for the best at this point, I was going to dig it up and move it since it has only been in the ground a little over week but ill see how it does.

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