About This Plant

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. This tree is often planted in urban areas and parks for its shade and aesthetic appeal. Its wood is also valuable for carving. Tilia platyphyllos has a long history of traditional medicinal and herbal uses.

The Story

Leaf

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.

Produce

The tree produces fragrant, pale yellow to cream-colored flowers in late spring to early summer (June to July). The flowers are arranged in pendulous clusters, often referred to as cymes, which dangle beneath the branches. The tree produces small, round, hairy fruit known as nutlets, these nutlets are attached to a flat, wing-like structure that aids in wind dispersal.
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