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TILIA

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.


  • Deciduous - trees
  • Full sun - avoid very dry conditions and protect from strong winds.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - wildlife plant - bees.
  • Pests & Diseases - gall mites on leaves, scale insects on bark, sticky honeydew aphids, honey fungus, Phytophthora root rot.
  • Place of origin - Europe, Asia, North America
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Neutral to alkaline soil - will tolerate a bit of acidity
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly
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Buy Varieties of TILIA

TILIA cordata

TILIA cordata  >


Commonly known as: Small-leaved lime.
Heart-shaped glossy leaves. Scented flowers in summer.
Whip £25.00 each

TILIA cordata 'Winter Orange'  AWARD

TILIA cordata 'Winter Orange'  >


Commonly known as: Lime, Linden.
An outstanding plant with red buds and pronounced orange twigs and shoots in winter. Ivory-white scented flowers and butter-yellow autumn colour
Whip £30.00 each
Large £40.00 
H/Std £50.00 each
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TILIA x europaea

TILIA x europaea  >


Commonly known as: Common lime, European linden.
a familiar avenue tree
Whip £30.00 each
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TILIA henryana

TILIA henryana  >


Commonly known as: Lime.
A rare tree with huge ovate leaves which have pronounced bristles or teeth. Attractive and unusual flowers in the autumn
£35.00 each
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TILIA kiusiana

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Commonly known as: Lime.
A large shrub or small tree which scarcely looks like a lime when first seeing its leaves. Highly scented flowers in August or September
£27.50 each

TILIA mongolica

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Commonly known as: Mongolian lime.
Ivy-like leaves, reddish new shoots and leaf stalks. Brilliant yellow autumn colour
Large £35.00 each
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TILIA mongolica 'Harvest Gold'

TILIA mongolica 'Harvest Gold'  >


Commonly known as: Mongolian lime.
Attractive yellow new leaves later fading to green with brilliant autumn colour
Large £35.00 each
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TILIA oliveri

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Commonly known as: Lime, Linden.
An elegant tree with pendent branches and new shoots. Leaves silvery-white underneath. A little known species but well worth growing
Grafted £27.50 each

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