Tilia platyphyllos (Broad Leaved Lime)
|Price £ each (ex. VAT)|
Bareroot from November to April
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The Broad Leaved Lime is a British native, found in South Yorkshire and Monmouthshire in the wild; elsewhere it is planted in parks, gardens and towns. Its attractive narrowly domed shape and dense foliage make it a popular tree for street planting. It is able to withstand pollution well, and remains free of suckers at the base unlike the more commonly planted Tilia x europaea, making it an excellent amenity tree. Its reddish-brown young stems give it winter interest.
Site and soil
Any well-drained fertile soil. The Broad Leaved Lime is able to withstand shade and pollution.
Height and spread
After 10 years: 8m x 3m
After 20 years: 12m x 8m
Leaf and bark
The leaves are large and heart-shaped, dark green but paler and hairy beneath; they turn yellow in autumn. The bark is dark grey and deeply fissured and cracked.
Flower, seed and fruit
The pale yellow sweetly scented flowers are borne in small clusters at the end of slender stems in early summer. The Broad Leaved Lime flowers earlier than other limes. The small fruits (to 1.2cm) are downy and sometimes persist into winter.
Street tree, parkland, avenues, woodland, pleached hedges. The flowers are used medicinally and are probably best known for making the sedative Lime-Flower, or Linden Tea. The wood is used for carving.
Bees are attracted to the strongly scented flowers, and lime flower honey is said to have the best flavour of any. Many other insects, including several moth species and the Stag Beetle can be found on this tree.
Pleached lime hedges and street trees should be pruned in winter.