Small Leaved Lime

The Small-leaved Lime, is confined to Europe including England and Wales. It belongs to the Tiliaceae. Tilia cordata is one of the parents of the Common Lime - Tilia x europaea. This is a tree of cliffs and slopes and has been widely planted in parks and gardens and in great avenues where it is an elegant tree without the epicormic shoots of its hybrid. The pale, fine-grained wood does not shrink in drying so is used in carving and producing small ornaments. The flowers are, of course, an excellent honey source. Tilia cordata is the tree symbol of the Czech and the Slovenia republics. It was the lime tree or linden that gave rise to the name Linnaeus, and to Carl Linnaeus, the father of the binomial system in nature.