Wet Soil: Low
Dry Soil: High
This is a large tree that can grow beyond 60 feet in height. It is a naturally occurring hybrid between Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos, thriving in areas where both parent species are native. Commonly known as the European Lime, it can easily be propagated through layering. Due to its straightforward propagation, it became extensively planted and constitutes many of the historic lime avenues across the UK and Europe. Numerous grand entrances to stately homes are still adorned with this majestic tree.
However, the very qualities that facilitate its propagation also pose challenges – it produces abundant suckers. Consequently, it is not an ideal choice for urban environments, streets, or carparks. Additionally, it is susceptible to aphid infestations, leading to the production of honeydew and sooty moulds. Despite these drawbacks, it serves as a host for various fauna, including bees and butterflies, with bees acting as its primary pollinator.
Tilia europaea ‘Pallida’ is a selection with less suckering and a more conical habit.
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10m high x 6m wide after 25 years
Great for parklands and large avenues due to its vigorous growth.
Pyramidal when young, eventually becoming large, broad and teardrop shaped.
Large, glabrous and rounded or broadly ovate. Mid-green colour. Fantastic yellow/orange autumn colour.
Flowers in spring with yellow flowers.
Will do well in well drained soil and tolerates most types, including clay.
Produces honeydew and as such attracts a host of wildlife, including bees and butterflies.
Semi-Mature, Super Semi-Mature
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