Tilia cordata - Small leaved Lime

Small-leaved Lime

Long established in Ireland, Tilia cordata is a medium-sized, deciduous tree with a dense rounded habit and a broad crown. The bark is smooth and brownish-grey, and new twigs are a rich orange-red; there is often twiggy growth at the base of the trunk. The glossy, deep-green leaves are heart-shaped, about 3”/8cm long, and turn yellow in autumn. The flowers are hermaphrodite, creamy-white and wonderfully scented, appearing in June; they give a very good honey, and a delicious, relaxing tisane can be made from them. A lovely specimen tree, but be aware that aphids love it too, so it is wise to plant the small-leaved lime where it won’t drip honey-dew onto cars or other objects beneath.

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Light, well drained soils, preferably alkaline or neutral
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Season of interest: Spring to autumn
Hardiness: Very hardy
Height: up to 70’ (21m) Spread: 40’ (17m)

Type | Size: Bareroot | 2-3ft
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