Prices include delivery to mainland UK. £50 minimum order. 9/5: Seed orders typically delivered inside a week, plug plants in around 3 weeks.

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Small Leaved Lime (Tilia cordata)

Small Leaved Lime (Tilia cordata)

Small Leaved Lime (Tilia cordata) is curiously overlooked, given how common a woodland tree it once was. It's hard to persuade nurseries to grow it, as it doesn't seem to be much planted. Tilia cordata likes moist fertile soils - it does well on our clay - and can grow to a great height. You'll be unsurprised to hear it's a food plant for a range of butterflies and moths, as well as producing nice smelling flowers. Scroll down for more details...
Regular price
£17.50
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Sale price
£17.50
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Relisting in summer for delivery from November 2022
Prices include VAT and delivery to mainland UK.

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Small Leaved Lime (Tilia cordata)

More commonly found in the wild than Large Leaved Lime, in Neolithic times the Small Leaved Lime was about the most common tree in the country. When coppiced, leaving huge stools, lime trees can live to an extraordinary age - arguably at least 2,000 years. Fragrant lime flowers, produced in May/June, are a magnet for bees, and its nectar makes lovely honey.

Don't confuse the Small Leaved Lime with the Common Lime (Tilia x europaea) either, which is the much commoner and naturally recurring hybrid between the two native species.

Lime wood cuts beautifully, and has been used for carving since the Middle Ages. It doesn't warp either, and is still consequently used for sounding boards in pianos.

Like all the native trees we sell, our Tilia cordata are grown in the UK from UK origin seed. They are almost impossible to source at the moment, but we have found a good stock of small plants which we are selling in groups of 5.

Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery, RV Roger, British Hardwood Trees, Cheviot Trees.

See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These Small Leaved Lime trees are mostly bare root (see below), and are consequently available for delivery from November until March (please ask if you are interested in pot grown plants). During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Tilia cordata placed between March and September are confirmed in September ready for dispatch from November.

We also sell small Tilia cordata plants as root trainers. These are effectively large plug plants, with more limited root systems than bare root plants, and this is reflected in the price.

Size

  • Ultimate Height

    30m

  • Ultimate Spread

    12m

  • Time to Ultimate Height

    Over 20 years

Soil

  • Type

    Sand, chalk, clay

  • pH

    Neutral, alkaline

Situation

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Sunlight

    Full or partial sun

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