Factsheet S23: Large leaves lime – Tilia platyphyllos


The large-leaved lime (or summer linden, big-leaved lime, broad-leaved lime, big-leaved linden, bigleaf linden) is a native of Central and Southern Europe. It has been cultivated in Europe for ages as a forest tree. In Continental Europe, almost all large famous limes are this species or the small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata), but this is not so in Britain, where most are the hybrid T.x europaea. T.platyphyllos is distinguished from these other limes by its larger downy leaves, the downy shoots, and the larger 5-ribbed fruit.

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