Small-Leaved Lime

The Small-Leaved Lime, 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 Appearance

A medium to large deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and small, heart-shaped leaves that turn yellow in autumn.


The Produce

These nutlets are attached to a papery wing, forming structures called bract-like bracteoles.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of small, fragrant, yellowish-white flowers in early summer.


The Leaves

Typically measuring 3 to 8 centimetres in length, these deciduous leaves feature finely serrated edges and a smooth, dark green upper surface.


The Bark

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


The Habitat

Prefers moist, 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 bees, birds, and small mammals. The flowers are particularly attractive to pollinators.


The Culture

Historically valued for its timber, which is used for carving and musical instruments. Also popular in ornamental landscaping.


Fun Facts

The Small-Leaved Lime is known for its longevity and can live for several hundred years. It is also a traditional symbol of freedom and justice in many cultures.

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