Linden Tree (Tilia cordata)

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The Small-leafed Lime or Linden (Tilia cordata) is a long-lived deciduous tree from Europe. It has heart-shaped green leaves with serrated edges. The shiny green above is contrasted by grey underneath. In early summer small green-yellow flowers are followed by small ornamental fruit that hang in clusters below a light green wing or bract. The timber has many uses from piano keys to Morris dancing sticks, furniture making, wood turning, and firewood. The young leaves are edible. It may need supplementary summer irrigation to do well.

• Uses: ornamental tree, shade tree, specimen tree, avenue tree, timber
• Size: 18-24 metres high depending on conditions
• Features: fast growing long-lived trees

Reference Lord, E. E. and Willis, J. H. (1982) Shrubs and trees for Australian gardens (5th End). Lothian Publishing Company, Melbourne.

Reference Macoboy, S. (1979) What tree is that? Ure Smith, Sydney.