Tilia tomentosa

Silver lime

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Fruit, Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

Found growing wild in South-east Europe and South-west Asia, the silver lime gets its common name from the hairy, white undersides of the dark green leaves. It makes a broad, columnar tree and produces fragrant, white flowers in summer. Dry nut-like fruits follow in autumn. It makes a beautiful tree to grow in an avenue or as a free-standing specimen. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Limes prefer neutral to alkaine soil, although they will tolerate acidic conditions. Shelter trees from strong winds.

Family: Tiliaceae

Genus: Tilia

Species: tomentosa

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Fruit, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 3000cm

Spread: 2000cm

Flowering period: June to September

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