(16a) Lime

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  • Species
    • Lime
  • Botanical Name
    • Tilia cordeta
  • Location
    • School Lane outside Rentwood
    • Grid Reference: TQ 14897, 56041
    • Latitude, Longitude: 51.291915, -0.35360634
    • What3Words: liver.beast.title
  • Identification
    • Lime is a large tree that often has a lots of burrs at the base of the trunk from which masses of sprouts may emerge. The leaves are heartshaped with a pointed tip and are asymmetrical. The cream coloured flowers are very fragrant and attract bees. They are born on a yellowish-green bract that remains on the tree as the little bobble-like fruit develop. The bracts look like pale, narrow leaves but later turn brown, and along with the basal sprouts, make this tree easy to identify.
  • About this species
    • The common lime is a cross between two native trees, the large-leaved and the small-leaved lime. They were often planted in avenues leading to big houses and are common in streets and parks. The pale, soft wood cuts cleanly and was used by woodcarvers including Gringling Gibbons. This characteristic has earned it the name of the "traffic warden tree". The different species of lime hybridise freely. However, they no longer produce fertile seed but reproduce vegetatively and so cannot spread far.
  • Local information
    • There are lots of limes in the churchyard. "Linde" is the Anglo-Saxon name for lime which is preserved in many place names such as Lyndhurt and Linwood, both in the New Forest. There is another big lime tree outside Rentwood in School Lane. Don’t park under a lime tree in spring or summer as they are often infested by aphids, which rain down sticky honeydew.

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