Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group.
Family: Malvaceae
Tilia henryana Szyszyl.
Henry's lime


This lime was discovered by Augustine Henry in 1888 and named after him by Ernest Wilson who introduced it to Western horticulture. It is smaller than the European lime and possibly less hardy. The specimen in the Botanic Gardens was planted in the grass border close to the boundary with Colenso Parade. It was cut down to about 50cm from the ground and produced vigorous new growth from the base. The distinctive cordate leaves have ciliate margins. It flowers in the Autumn.

2022 This tree has now been completely removed during the clearance of the grass border. An interesting tree that that would be well worth replacing.
A leaf of Tilia henryana in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Photo taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2020. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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