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. The tree tag number relates to the BCC black tree maintenance tags, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Family: Malvaceae
Tilia x europaea L.
Common lime, European lime, linden

Black tag 38
54o 34.928N
5o 56.022W

The common or European lime is a hybrid between Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos. In the past it has been called Tilia x vulgaris and also Tilia x intermedia. It is a common avenue tree in city streets and is the most frequently planted urban lime tree, although usually quite unsuitable for this location. It can reach 45m high and common limes in streets require continual pruning to keep them in bounds. In addition to the problem of size, the common lime is host to aphids which produce honeydew. This makes a sticky film on cars parked under the trees and on pavements. The common lime is also prone to growing a thicket of suckers from the base - in fact this is often the easiest way to recognise this hybrid species.

Tilia x europaea in Belfast Botanic gardens

Flowering branch of Tilia x europaea

Common lime in Belfast Botanic Gardens Flowering branch of common lime

flower detail of Tilia x europaea

leaf detail (underside) of Tilia europaea

Flower detail of Tilia x europaea Detail of underside of leaf

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens 2016

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