Properties of Lime Trees – Tilia cordata
- Lime trees – Tilia cordata are a deciduous tree ideal for garden and avenue planting.
- The bark is a pale brown colour.
- The leaves are dark green, heart shaped and turn yellow in Autumn months.
- Lime trees produces lovely white flowers in Summer months.
- They are are an ideal tree for gardens, along driveways, avenues or even along paths and communal areas in residential settings.
- They are very hardy and will do well in areas with colder weather.
- Mountain Ash, Norway Maple or Native Cherry are all good examples of ideal avenue or driveway trees also.
- They are sold bare root from November through to March.
- Lime trees prefer a well drained soil, full sun or partial shade and can grow to a mature height of 20 metres, spreading about 15 metres wide.
The leaves are dark green and heart shaped with younger stems being red in colour. You can view our Lime trees grown in our native nursery Here.
Benefits of trees to Biodiversity & Ecosystems
Planting a tree of any type but especially Lime Trees in the garden is a great way to encourage biodiversity and preserve ecosystems. A tree in the garden provides shelter, security and habitats for nesting birds, food for birds and insects and also acts as a network and mechanism for small animals to move around the garden and populate. The flowers of the Lime trees provides a food source for honey bees.
How & When to Plant your Lime Trees
- Lime trees are best planted as bare root trees in the Winter months, usually from November through to March.
- We grow these trees here in our native nursery.
- We have Limes available in 2 different sizes, as 5-6ft trees or as 8ft trees.
- If planting through a garden hedge, we recommend planting about 8 metres apart.
- When planting any tree we recommend securing with a stake and super soft tree tie to prevent them blowing over or being damaged in windy Winter months.
Tips & Tricks for looking after your Lime Trees
- Lime trees grow well in full sun or partial shade.
- They are ideal plants for most soil types and pH’s but do not like very wet ground.
- It is important to keep plants watered in the first year of growth if planted in late March or April.
- Lime trees are moderately fast growing and lower branches of fresh growth, nearer the base of the tree can be pruned off in Summer months.
- Trimming is usually done in late Spring or Summer when new growth appears on the tree.
- Trimming these fresh branches, lower down near the base of the tree helps maintain the crown shape on the tree.
- When planting trees, make sure the area is clear of weeds to avoid competition for the plants.
- Dig a hole deep enough to cover the roots and collar of tree.
- Remove the plant from the bag and place in the hole.
- Be careful not to damage the delicate root system.
- Break up the removed soil well to encourage aeration of the soil.
- Shovel back in this soil and walk in the plant well.
- Secure the tree from windy weather by placing down a stake beside the tree and securing the tree to the stake with a super soft tree tie.
After care for the Lime Trees – Tilia cordata.
If planted in dry weather, trees should be watered regularly to ensure growth. Annual pruning and trimming of new branches nearer the base of the tree helps maintain the crown shape of the Lime Tree.
Type: Moderately fast Growing
Soil: Nutrient rich, well drained soil.
Status: Hardy in cold weather,
Position: Full Sun or partial shade
Flowering: White flowers in Summer Months