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Tilia cordata

“Small-leaved Lime”

Tilia Cordata

Common Name

“Small-leaved Lime”


Rounded but variable as seed raised.


Heart-shaped (cordate) and Aphid-Free!


Fragrant ivory flowers in late July (generally after Tilia europaea) – Bee friendly.


10m high x 6m wide after 25 years. Ultimately a medium to large tree.

Tilia cordata or “Small Leaved Lime” is native to Europe and the British Isles and sometimes called the Small Leaved Linden tree. This is a medium to large tree which has a rounded habit, though being seed-raised, the form can be variable.

The leaves are mid to dark green on the upper surface and pale green underneath. The leaves are about 5-7.5cm long and cordate or heart-shaped. It flowers later than most Tilia species at the end of July into August with clusters of sweetly scented infloresence.

Like most Tilias, this species will grow in any fertile soil and situations, though is not tolerant of flood conditions. It is native from Spain to Russia, so has a high tolerance of heat and therefore a good tree for future-proofing any planting scheme. It is tolerant of hard pruning and is often used as pollards, pleached or trained trees. For avenues and street planting there are cultivars that offer more consistent forms, for example T. cordata ‘Streetwise’ and ‘Greenspire’.