Weeping Silver Leaved Lime, Large Trees
- Columnar, weeping canopy.
- Good for damp clay.
- Sizes: Standards only.
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Max. Height: 25m
- Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar.
Weeping Silver Lime Trees
The Weeping Silver Lime tree, Tilia tomentosa Petiolaris is a big specimen tree that has an impressive bell shaped canopy of sinuous branches that mostly begin to grow upright and then arch downwards as they mature, ending in a tall, weeping shape of hanging shoots growing from a strong, upright trunk: quite a sight to behold when mature. The canopy isn't very dense and casts quite light shade. The two-tone leaves flutter beautifully in the wind and the silvery, downy hairs on the undersides make them less attractive to aphids than most other lime varieties. The autumn colour is a pale, bright yellow. The flowers are gloriously scented, creamy white and open in mid-summer. Suitable for any fertile soil, especially heavy clay and it likes a bit of moisture at its feet. Looks wonderful planted by water. Weeping Silver Lime trees can reach a height of about 30 metres.
Did You Know?
This tree was first identified in 1864 by Alphonse de Candolle, and was cultivated by nurseries from the 1880's. It holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit, although it is only suitable for planting where there is room.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standardss, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
Standard trees are 2 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive; they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us. We cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
Notes on planting Weeping Silver Lime trees:
Weeping Silver Lime trees will grow well in any reasonably fertile soil. They love heavy clay and don't mind quite damp sites, although they won't grow in a bog. They tolerate partial shade and thrive in the city.
Although they aren't suitable for poor, dry soils, mature trees on good soil are very drought resistant.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the site where you plant a tree several months in advance. Kill the weeds first: for tough weeds like nettles, brambles and ground elder, you will usually need a weed-killer to get rid of them. When you dig the soil over, remove stones and other rubbish and mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
Watch our video on how to plant a tree for full instructions.
Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Tree Planting accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a tree planting pack with a wooden stake & rubber tie to support the tree and a mulch mat with pegs to protect the soil around the base of your tree from weeds and drying out.
We suggest that you use mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all newly planted large trees: if your soil quality is poor, we strongly recommend it.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.