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Commonly known as Common lime, European 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.
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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.
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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