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Large leaved lime

Large-leaved lime is a broadleaf tree that wildlife love.
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Large-leaved lime

Tilia platyphyllos

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.

Large-leaved lime

Tilia platyphyllos

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.

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. 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. 

Please note that recent changes to regulations mean we are, unfortunately, currently unable to ship our trees to Northern Ireland. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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