Tilia cordata

Small-leaved lime

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Plant type

Native tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (264499)

Plant details

Limes or linden's are stunning trees with a stately habit and are often planted throughout Europe as street or park trees. Their columnar form lends itself to avenue planting or pleaching - branches from a row of trees are woven together and trained to form a wall of canopy of foliage - often seen in old stately homes or parks. Tilia cordata has dark green, heart-shaped leaves, which are silvery underneath and that turn yellow in autumn. It is an excellent specimen tree in the lawn or as a shade tree over a patio and has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Tiliaceae

Genus: Tilia

Species: cordata

Plant type: Native tree

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 25cm

Spread: 15cm

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