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Tilia spp.

Also known as

Basswood, Linden

Tilia platyphyllos11 by JoJan (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Lime Overview

Genus containing around 46 hardy, deciduous trees that originate from wooded areas in Europe, Asia and North America. Popular for their flowers, which are cup-shaped, white or yellow and scented with frilly anthers, leading on to dry, nut-like fruits. This genus is also grown for its overall elegant form and attractive toothed and lobed foliage.

Common problems with Lime

How to propagate Lime


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


Other uses of Lime

Grown for their small, fragrant, cup-shaped flowers and stately habit. Flowers attract bees (but can toxic to them in some cases).

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