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Tilia platyphyllos ‘Rubra’

"Red-twigged Lime"

Common Name

"Red-twigged Lime"


Size

12m high x 6m wide after 25 years. Ultimately a large tree.


Canopy

Large, vigorous selection.


Foliage

Broad, roundish-ovate, sharply toothed.


Flowers

Fragrant in late June to early July – Bee friendly.


Known as the “Red-twigged Lime, this selection of the species has young shoots that are bright brownish-red that stand out well in the winter.

The species is a large, fairly fast growing lime tree – known as the “Broad-leaved Lime. It forms a majestic parkland tree with roundish, ovate, sharply toothed leaves. Suckers are produced but not as prolifically as Tilia x europaea, but as such is better suited to the wider landscape than street planting.

The overall shape of the tree is broadly columnar and so lends itself to being a large avenue tree or stately specimen tree. It flowers in late June to early July and is attractive to bees and other pollinators and is prone to aphids and associated honeydew.