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Q.why is a common lime growing out of my plum tree?

Zone Sp4 8lj | Debbie McDougall added on May 20, 2019 | Answered

I bought a plum tree sapling from Tesco’s a few years ago, put it in a tub and finally planted it out 2 years ago. Even from an early ‘age’ it sprouted a different branch from it’s trunk base, which I kept pruning off. It now has 3 branches of, what I identified as, common lime growing out of it’s trunk base. Why would have caused this please? Thank you in anticiaption

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Answered on May 20, 2019

Please include photos. This is quite impossible.

There are one of two possible explanations:

The first is that the tree was mislabeled. It is possible that the tree is a citrus that was labeled as a plum.

The second is that the fruit is actually a plum relative that resembles a lime. Cutting the fruit open will reveal, either a pit, or where a pit should be for a Prunus species.

The leaves, when crushed, will give you your answer. When crushed, it should smell VERY STRONGLY of lime if it is a lime, or like plant if it is a plum.

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