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Common Lime

Tilia x europaea

Plant Data

Order:
Malvales
Family:
Malvaceae (Mallow)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
4-10 hanging green flowers per cluster, each having a leafy yellowish-green bract. 5 petals. Insect pollinated.
Fruit:
This tree is not the same kind of tree as the Lime fruit tree. The Common Lime produced large, winged, nut-like fruits.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree. The red leaf buds have 1 small and 1 large scale. The leaves are long-stalked and heart-shaped, dimensions are anything up to 6cm wide and 10cm long. The leaf bases are asymmetrical. The undersides of the leaves have vein axils with distinctive tufts of white hairs present. Leaves fade to yellow in autumn before dropping off over winter.
Maximum Size:
46 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves are edible raw. The flowers are edible too and the young flowers can be used to make tea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers are fragrant.
Other Names:
Common Linden, European Lime.
Habitats:
Hedgerows, parkland, towns, woodland.