Tangerine Trees

Do Lime or Tangerine Trees Have Thorns?

cmtad added on July 18, 2012 | Answered

Someone gave me a tangerine tree, but when I run the leaves it smells like a lime. It has long thorns that stick out along the stem and between the leaves, and the tree is growing straight up. I just pinched off the top few leaves as it is getting very tall. Am wondering what type of citrus tree I have. Thanks for your help!

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Answered on July 19, 2012

Unbeknownst to many, nearly all citrus trees produce thorns, so this is normal. Most likely, you'll just have to wait until the tree produces fruit to know what you have.

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