Small-leaved lime

Tilia cordata

Small-leaved lime - Tilia cordata

Common Name: Small-leaved lime
Genus: Tilia
Species: cordata

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 25.00 m (2500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 15.00 m (1500 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A native to the British Isles, this lime forms a handsome round-headed tree with glossy dark green leaves. In midsummer tiny ivory-coloured flowers are produced which are sweetly scented and very attractive to bees. It is a large tree that is more suitable for growing as a specimen tree or in an avenue.

  • Garden care: Avoid very dry conditions and keep out of strong winds. Limes prefer alkaline to neutral soil, but they will tolerate acidic soil. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole.

  • Goes well with: Clematis 'Perle d'Azur', Skimmia japonica 'Kew Green', Cardamine raphanifolia, Pulmonaria longiflora, Hacquetia epipactis, Uvularia grandiflora.