TILIA

Commonly known as Common lime, European linden

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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.

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous
    Broadly ovate to rounded, dark-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long, paler beneath.
  • Yellow
    Pale-yellow.
  • Height
    35m (115ft)
  • Spread
    15m (49ft
  • Tree
    Produces flowers 2cm (¾in) across in clusters of up to 10. Often produces dense thickets of shoots from the base and from burrs on the trunk. These can be removed.
  • Hardy - very cold winter Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
    Avoid very dry conditions and protect from strong winds.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Architectural interest
  • Good to know
    the tallest broad-leaved tree in Britain. Some of the biggest British specimens were imported from the Netherlands in the 1700s.
  • Pests & Diseases
    gall mites on leaves, scale insects on bark, aphids (producing sticky honeydew), honey fungus, Phytophthora root rot.
  • Place of origin
    Europe.
  • Flower Shape
    Cup-shaped
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Neutral to alkaline soil
    tolerates slight acidity
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly columnar
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
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  15m (49ft
 

Buy Varieties of TILIA

TILIA cordata

TILIA cordata

Small-leaved lime

Heart-shaped glossy leaves. Scented flowers in summer.

 
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£20.00 each 
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TILIA cordata 'Winter Orange'

TILIA cordata 'Winter Orange'

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
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£30.00 each 
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Large
£50.00  
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
TILIA henryana

TILIA henryana

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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Available from December to January -
TILIA kiusiana

TILIA kiusiana

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

 
Grafted
£30.00 each 
TILIA mongolica

TILIA mongolica

Mongolian lime

Ivy-like leaves, reddish new shoots and leaf stalks. Brilliant yellow autumn colour

 
£35.00 each 
TILIA mongolica 'Harvest Gold'

TILIA mongolica 'Harvest Gold'

Mongolian lime

Attractive yellow new leaves later fading to green with brilliant yellow autumn colour

 
£35.00 each 
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Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
TILIA oliveri

TILIA oliveri

Lime, Linden

An elegant tree with pendent branches and new shoots. Leaves silvery-white underneath. A little known species but well worth growing

 
Grafted
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£27.50 each 
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