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The Small Leaved Lime
Small Leaved Lime - Tilia cordata. Also known as the Linden. of the family - Tiliaceae.
Related Species include the Common Lime, which is an hybrid of Tilia cordata
and Tilia platyphyllos.
The Small Leaved Lime is a large deciduous tree that reaches a height of about 38
m, and an age of up to 500 years. It is postulated that the Small Leaved Lime was a
governing tree in English forests, in times past.
Its habitat is woods and cliffs, with the exception of limestone areas. The
Small Leaved Lime is usually found in the assemblage of other British native trees,
including the Ash, Hawthorn, Field Maple, Birch, Oak, Wild Cherry and Wych Elm.
The Small Leaved Limes natural native distribution is across England and Wales, and
in southern Scotland, but it is not found in Ireland. It is distributed well across
western Europe, with the exception of southern Spain, Italy and Greece.
The Small Leaved Lime is propagation and grown from its seed, which is deeply dormant.
The Small Leaved Lime can also be grown from cuttings.
Its timber of the Small Leaved Lime is a relatively soft white or yellow wood, that is a
valuable timber, as it does not change dimensions or warp after it is seasoned. Its
timber is used for carving and model making, and the bark has strong fibre that made it
very useful for rope manufactures.
A sugar can be made from sap of the Small Leaved Lime and bee keepers regard the
sap as an excellent source of nectar. The dried flowers of the Small Leaved Lime
have been used for tea making.
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