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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Medium

Tilia cordata ‘Rancho’ commonly known as Small-Leaved Lime is a neater, and smaller leaved version of ‘Greenspire’. It was selected in Ohio, 1961 by E.H. Scanlon.

The foliage of the ‘Rancho’ is particularly appealing. Its small heart shaped leaves are a vibrant shade of green on top and grey-green on the underside. In autumn, the tree provides a wonderful golden display when its leaves turn a striking yellow. They will remain on the tree for some time.

During summer, the Small-Leaved Lime puts on a delightful show with its fragrant, creamy yellow blossoms. These are arranged in groups of 5-7 and are held on panicles. They attract a variety of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Flowers eventually give way to thick brown nuts in autumn.

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Size

Medium

10m high x 4m wide after 25 years

Environment

Its narrow habit makes this tree suitable for streets and inner-city locations. Also, a great car park tree.

Canopy

Narrow and pyramidal becoming more ovoid as it matures. Densely branched and slow growing.

Foliage

Small heart shaped leaves, vibrant green on top and grey-green under. Leaves turn a striking yellow in autumn.

Flowers

Creamy yellow panicles with a sweet fragrance.

Fruit

Thick, brown nuts in autumn.

Resilience

Will do well in nutrient rich soil in a sunny to partially shaded area. Resistant to frost and wind and tolerates heat well. It is tolerant of drought but not for long periods of time. Resistant to aphids.

Wildlife

Flowers are valuable for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

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