The Silver Lime tree, Tilia tomentosa is a large, spreading tree with an upright, uneven but generally rounded canopy. The dark green leaves have hairy, silver-grey undersides. Suitable for any fertile soil, especially heavy clay. The Silver Leaved Lime is a beautiful member of the Lime family, with a magnificent round head. It is completely hardy, but is a comparative rarity in the UK as it only sets viable seed in warmer parts of the country. It can reach a height of about 25-30 metres. Unlike most other lime trees, the Silver Lime hardly ever produces suckers. It transplants very well and like all limes it is pretty resistant to honey fungus.
For a speciment tree we would recomment the (to our eyes) more beautiful Weeping Silver Lime, Tilia tomentosa Petiolaris from our nursery..
History & uses of Tilia tomentosa:
This tree was probably first introduced to Britain in the 1760's. It was named by Professor Conrad Moench of Marburg, Germany. Alphonse de Candolle and it was cultivated by nurseries from the 1880's. This tree has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit, although it is only suitable for a fairly large garden.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, 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.