Common Lime - Tilia x europaea

Scientific Name: Tilia x europaea (syn. T. x vulgaris)

English Name: Common Lime or Linden.

French Name: Tilleul commun or Tilleul de Hollande.

5 Key Characters:
  • oval leaves coming to a pointed tip.
  • tufts of white hairs at the intersection of veins underneath.
  • flowers hang down in clusters of 5 - 10.
  • large irregular bosses on the trunk.
  • leaf bases usually lopsided
Lookalikes: T. x europaea is a hybrid of Large-leaved T. platyphyllos and Small-leaved T. cordata Limes, so has intermediate features of both.

Habitat: It does occur as a natural hybrid in woods, but mostly it is cultivated and planted. It is a very popular garden and street tree in this area, often pollarded to control it's size and prolong its life.

Flowering Period: May-June-July.

Status: Very common as a cultivated plant, rare in the wild. The flowers are the source of a much sought after honey miel de tilleul, which commands a premium price.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

Photographs are numbered from left to right and top to bottom. All photos will enlarge in a new window if you click on them. 1 - 4 & 6 - 10 flowering in the Aigronne Valley, May. Visited by Honey Bee Apis mellifera (1, 4 & 10), Dronefly Eristalis spp (2 & 3) and White/Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lucorum/terrestris (6). 5 leaves, Preuilly-sur-Claise, May.

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