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Small Leaved Lime

Tilia cordata

Also known as

Little-Leaf Linden, Linden, Small-Leaf European Linden, Small-Leaf Lime, Lime, Small-leaved lime

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Small Leaved Lime

Some green leaves of a Tilia cordata tree in a park
A large Tilia cordata tree in a field
A large Tilia cordata tree in a field
A close up of some cream yellow Tilia cordata flowers
A photo of Small Leaved Lime

Small Leaved Lime Overview

Tilia cordata is a mid-sized, deciduous tree species, also commonly known by the name small leaved lime. It produces attractive leaves up to 8cm long, these are heart-shaped with pointed tips and finely toothed margins. The foliage exhibits attractive yellow autumn colouration. Flowers are small and scented, coloured cream-white with long central parts and they are arranged in clusters. It forms a spreading to rounded crown and is hardy down to -20 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full or partial sun, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth.

Common problems with Small Leaved Lime

How to propagate Small Leaved Lime



Seed in autumn, selected forms and hybrids by grafting in late summer.

Special features of Small Leaved Lime

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Other uses of Small Leaved Lime


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