About This Plant

The Small-Leaved Lime, scientifically known as Tilia cordata, is a deciduous tree appreciated for its elegant appearance and fragrant blossoms. Typically growing to a height of 50 to 70 feet (15 to 21 meters), it forms a pyramidal to oval-shaped crown. The bark of the Small-Leaved Lime is smooth and greyish, developing subtle furrows as the tree matures.

The Story


The leaves of the Small-Leaved Lime are distinctively heart-shaped and relatively small. Typically measuring 3 to 8 centimetres in length, these deciduous leaves feature finely serrated edges and a smooth, dark green upper surface. The undersides of the leaves are lighter in colour, often displaying a paler green hue. The leaf arrangement is alternate along the branches.


The Small-Leaved Lime tree produces small, round, woody fruits known as nutlets. These nutlets are attached to a papery wing, forming structures called bract-like bracteoles. The nutlets are typically clustered together, hanging from a central stem. The small-leaved lime flowers in late spring, and the fruits develop later in the season. These nutlets are light brown to tan in colour and are usually no more than 1 centimetre in diameter.
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