Small-leaved lime is native to England and Wales. It’s a medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading crown which creates great shade. Its glossy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in autumn. In summer small fragrant pale yellow flowers emerge Small-leaved lime has nothing in common with the citrus fruit - the name lime derives from the German word Linde.
Estimate full grown height: Up to 18m
Value to wildlife: Lime leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of many moth species. They are very attractive to aphids, providing a source of food for their predators, including hoverflies, ladybirds and many species of bird. The flowers provide nectar and pollen for insects, particularly bees, which also drink aphid honeydew from lime leaves. Long-lived trees provide dead wood for wood-boring beetles and nesting holes for birds.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Will thrive in well-drained soil.
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. Your sapling is dormant, so as long as it is kept moist and in light conditions and free from frost and wind, it will last a few weeks before planting.
March - Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out or lose nutrients.
On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; mainly weeding around the base to reduce competition for nutrients and ensuring it has enough water. More information about caring for your trees.
Delivery information: Free delivery is available on all tree orders but please allow 7-10 days. You will receive a cell grown sapling, approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may be dormant and not look very perky upon arrival. Once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
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.