Large-leaved lime is native to England and Wales, as far north as Yorkshire, but now flourishes across the UK. The trees are shade tolerant and hardy. It is a relatively sedate grower making it a good choice for a street tree and rarely found in the wild. It’s very similar in appearance to the small-leaved lime but with slightly darker bark, as the name suggests it also has bigger leaves and reaches a greater height.
Estimated full grown height: Up to 22m.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: Lime leaves are the food source for caterpillars. They are very attractive to aphids, and their predators, including hoverflies, ladybirds and many species of bird. The flowers provide nectar and pollen for insects, particularly bees, which also drink the aphid honeydew deposited on the leaves. Old trees provide dead wood for wood-boring beetles, and nesting holes for birds.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Grows well in full sun to light shade. Prefers moist, deep, fertile, well-drained soils but tolerant of difficult growing sites and soils.
UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG): Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and Ireland, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
More information about this tree is available here.