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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Medium

This is a sizable deciduous tree, reaching heights of over 30m/6ft, characterised by ascending branches that form a broadly conical crown. Its leaves are mid-green, rounded or ovate in shape, with serrated edges and yellow-green undersides. The twigs exhibit a reddish hue in winter. Notably, the leaves tend to emerge earlier and also transition to autumnal colours sooner compared to the species. Another distinctive feature is that the Pallida has much less of a suckering issue.

Compared to Tilia x europaea, Pallida has a more compact spread, making it well-suited for formal avenues. One of the most renowned examples can be found in Berlin, along the famous lime avenue known as Unter den Linden, which originally extended from the palace to the city gates. Unfortunately, the trees that survived World War Two were eventually cut down for firewood, leading to the planting of the present Pallida avenue in 1950.

Like Tilia x europaea varieties, they are susceptible to aphid infestations, resulting in honeydew and sooty moulds. On a positive note, they are attractive to a variety of insects, including bees and butterflies. Much like most Tilias, they are fully frost resistant and can thrive in various soil types as long as proper drainage is ensured.

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Size

Large

12m high x 6m wide after 25 years

Environment

Great for small avenues and streets.

Canopy

Broadly conical with reddish winter twigs.

Foliage

Mid-green on their upper surface and yellow-green below. They take on a rounded to ovate shape, featuring edges with serrated or toothed patterns. Notably they undergo autumnal transformation earlier than the species, displaying hues of golden yellow and orange.

Bark

Brown-grey bark but twigs are red, making this an attractive winter tree.

Flowers

Flowers appear in umbels during summer. They are yellow-white in colour and fragrant.

Fruit

Small, brown round fruits that are furry to touch.

Resilience

Will thrive in all soil types including clay, loam and sand. Can withstand paving, wind and frost.

Wildlife

A valuable tree for many insects including bees and butterflies but also aphids, so can produce honeydew.

Available As:

Semi-mature

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