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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.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Broadly ovate, dark green leaves to 12cm (5in) long, tapering to sharp points at the tips, densely white-hairy beneath and turning pale yellow in autumn
  • Height
    15m (49ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tree
    Spreading tree. Produces cymes of 6-10 flowers 1cm (½in) across in midsummer with a conspicuous pale green bract
  • 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
  • Partial shade
    Light, dappled shade
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Some reports suggest this tree is toxic to bees. Does not drip honeydew as does not support aphids.
    Pests & Diseases
    Honey fungus, Phytophthora root rot
    Place of origin
    Central China. Named after Kew botanist Daniel Oliver (1830-1916)
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Serrate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
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15m (49ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)
 

Buy Varieties of TILIA

TILIA chenmoui

TILIA chenmoui

Lime, Linden

recently introduced Chinese lime. Narrow silver-green leaves and cream flowers

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£35.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
TILIA cordata

TILIA cordata

Small-leaved lime

heart-shaped glossy leaves. Scented flowers in summer.

 
Whip
£20.00 each 
 AWARD
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
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£30.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large
£50.00  
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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 
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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