Small-leaved Lime - Tilia cordata


    Large tree to 30 metres. Leaves almost rounded with a heart shaped base sharply toothed only 4 to 7 cm long and 3.5 cm wide darkish green, with buff-orange hair tufts in the underside vein axils. Flowers 7 to 8 mm yellowish-white fragrant often erect.

    Similar Species

    other limes

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland, but also widely planted.

    When to see it

    June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Records are widespread over much of England and into Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Locally common in Charnwood Forest but rare elsewhere in Leicestershire & Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 22 of the 617 tetrads.

    It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

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