Lime, Red Barked - Standard
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The Red Twig Lime or Linden, Tilia platyphyllos Rubra, is a variety of the native Broad Leaved Lime with lustrous, ruddy red young stems. It is a smaller, less vigorous tree than its parent, which makes it easier to maintain as a roadside tree where space it limited.
Red Twig Lime trees can reach a height of about 20-24 metres.
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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.
General description of Red Twig Lime trees:
In early summer, Tilia Rubra produces lots of simple, sweetly scented white flowers that aren't very showy but which provide bountiful nectar for bees. The seeds are attached by a stalk to a modified leaf which spins around enough to carry them away from the parent tree when they fall; if seedlings appear on your lawn, just run over them with the lawn mower. Red barked lime doesn't have such a powerful suckering habit as other limes, though it will sucker more if it is hard pruned.
Native lime trees are very pollution resistant.
Left to grow freely, this tree will spread out into a wide, pyramidal shape but it is very happy to be pollarded to restrict its size.
The aphid droppings that inevitably come with this tree can be a nuisance if you park your car underneath them, but all those aphids are an excellent food source for wildlife.
History & uses of Tilia platyphyllos Rubra
Older books may list this tree as 'Corallina'. It is a naturally occurring variety, sometimes found in old woodland, and the trees that we grow are cloned vegetatively to ensure that they have a consistent colour and shape. You can make a tea from the first new flowers of the year, but do not used older flowers as they will make you feel sick.
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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order.
Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest.
You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.