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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 -
35m (115ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  15m (49ft

Buy Varieties of TILIA

TILIA cordata

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Commonly known as: Small-leaved lime.
Heart-shaped glossy leaves. Scented flowers in summer.
Whip £20.00 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 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large £50.00  

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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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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
Grafted £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
£35.00 each 

TILIA mongolica 'Harvest Gold'

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Commonly known as: Mongolian lime.
Attractive yellow new leaves later fading to green with brilliant yellow autumn colour
£35.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

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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