I like a slice of Lime in my bottle of Corona as much as the next metrosexual, but those groovy green grapes fall not from this tree.
The Common Lime – Tilia x europaea – is a hybrid between the large-leaved and the Small-Leaved Lime, it is a native species that has little to do with the citrus fruit except for the colour green and neither can really claim monopoly to that!
Lime’s are everywhere – if you’re walking down a tree-lined street, the chances are high that it is a Lime lined street. They have bigheart-shapedd leaves and little dangley bits that bring to mind those Newton’s Cradle things that people used to have on their desk in the ’80s. Lime trees are commonly pollarded, which is a polite way of saying decapitated, so if the tree-lined street you are plodding down has lots of beheaded trunks with little thin shoots rising up from the base like spears then that’s probably a Lime.
Another time you may have come into contact with a Lime is if you park beneath one in Summer. After a day lounging in the sun you might find a sticky sappy car shaped mess on your return, this is caused by aphids consuming the sugars in the Lime leaves and then plopping them out onto your vehicle. Delightful.
This wood came as a gift from a delightful couple who had the Lime trimmed a little as it was restricting the light to their garden. The Lime lives on, the couple get more sun and less aphid poo, everybody is happy.
‘The Spaceship’ is a UFO inspired shape, the space for the plant pot is small, it takes a 55mm diameter, 50mm high pot, very small but very nice and readily available online.
To learn more about Lime trees and other trees in general visit my Tree School