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Commonly known as Lime, Linden
Genus of 23 species of deciduous trees found in woodland in Europe, Asia and North America. They grow into stately specimens and some have colourful red winter shoots. Included are 3 UK natives, small-leaved, large-leaved and common which is a hybrid of these. Lime leaves are food for several moth species and are very attractive to aphids which in turn attract insects, especially hoverflies and ladybirds. These in turn attract birds. Bees are attracted by the flowers and also drink the honeydew excreted by aphids. Nectar of T. tomentosa and T. tomentosa 'Petiolaris' and oliveri however may be toxic to bees, especially bumblebees.
Full sunAvoid very dry conditions and protect from strong winds.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant - bees.Pests & DiseasesGall mites on leaves, scale insects on bark, sticky honeydew aphids, honey fungus, Phytophthora root rot.Place of originEurope, Asia, North America
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilNeutral to alkaline soilWill tolerate a bit of acidity
Buy Varieties of TILIA
recently introduced Chinese lime. Narrow silver-green leaves and cream flowers
heart-shaped glossy leaves. Scented flowers in summer.
an outstanding plant with red buds and pronounced orange twigs and shoots in winter. Ivory-white scented flowers and butter-yellow autumn colour
a rare tree with huge ovate leaves which have pronounced bristles or teeth. Attractive and unusual flowers in the autumn
a large shrub or small tree which scarcely looks like a lime when first seeing its leaves. Highly scented flowers in August or September
ivy-like leaves, reddish new shoots and leaf stalks. Brilliant yellow autumn colour
attractive yellow new leaves later fading to green with brilliant yellow autumn colour