Tilia amurensis var amurensis Rupr.

Korean lime tree

Family: Malvaceae
54º 34.882N
5º 55.979W

The tree tag number relates to the black tree-maintenance tags, usually fixed on the trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.

The Korean lime (previously Tilia insularis) forms a small to medium sized tree (40 to 80ft). It comes from South Korea and was introduced to horticulture by Ernest Wilson in 1919, but is still rare in cultivation. Its smaller size and tidy shape and fragrant flowers make it a better choice for a small garden than the European lime. The latter has the habit of producing an untidy bush of shoots at the base of the trunk. 
The Botanic Gardens tree is planted beside the boundary with Colenso Parade.

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2007. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.