We’re planting lime trees! Heart-shaped leaves, so of course we love them. The heart shape is mostly assymetrical but then so are real hearts! It has a dense head of abundant foliage.
The name comes from the root similar to the word for lithe or yielding or flexible.
This is not the lime fruit, but the Linden tree; makes a very good tea! It does have a fruit that looks like a pea. alsays hanging on a greenish-yellow ribbon-like “bract” . All of the Tilia species may be propagated by cuttings and grafting as well as by seed. They grow rapidly in rich soil and house many insect life forms; aphids which in turn attract ants. It is loved by the honey bees.
Some linden trees can reach considerable ages; in Gloucestershire there is estimated to be 2,000 years old. At Nuremberg, the tradition is that the Empress Cunigunde planted the linden iin about the year 1,000.