Broad-leafed Lime

Tilia platyphyllos, commonly known as Large-Leaved Lime or Broad-Leaved Lime, is a graceful deciduous tree native to Europe. As it matures, the bark becomes ridged and furrowed, adding to its character.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and heart-shaped leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It produces clusters of fragrant, yellow-white flowers.


The Produce

The flowers are arranged in pendulous clusters, often referred to as cymes, which dangle beneath the branches.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of fragrant, yellow-white flowers in late spring to early summer.


The Leaves

The most distinctive feature is its large, heart-shaped leaves, which measure 6 to 15 centimetres (2.4 to 6 inches) in length. The leaves are dark green on the upper surface and lighter underneath.


The Bark

The bark is gray and smooth when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in woodlands and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including pollinators and birds. The flowers are particularly attractive to bees.


The Culture

Valued for its fragrant flowers and shade. Often planted in parks and along streets.


Fun Facts

Broad-leafed Lime is known for its sweet-scented flowers, which are used to make linden tea.

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