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Care of the plant Tilia platyphyllos or Large leaved lime.

Care of the tree Tilia platyphyllos or Large leaved lime

The genus Tilia, family Malvaceae, includes 30 species of trees and shrubs native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Tilia platyphyllos, Tilia americana, Tilia cordata, Tilia oliveri, Tilia mongolica, Tilia amurensis, Tilia japonica, Tilia tormentosa.

Common names: Large leaved lime, Large leaved linden. This species is native to Europe.

They are large deciduous trees with a dense pyramidal crown that can reach 40 meters (131 feet) in height; they can live more than 400 years. The leaves are heart-shaped, of an intense green color and have a finely serrated margin; in autumn they turn golden yellow before falling. The flowers are yellow or cream in color, appear in hanging bouquets and give off a slight aroma. They bloom in summer.

They are used in public streets and parks, in large gardens as isolated specimens and in pergolas. With the dried flowers the infusion known as Tila is made.

Tilia platyphyllos grows in full sun and semi-shade exposure. They resist frost well; Very young specimens should be protected.

They prefer a deep soil that contains abundant organic matter; they also grow in dry terrain. The planting is done at the end of winter.

Water regularly so that the substrate is slightly damp; they resist a few days of drought.

Fertilize in autumn with compost or manure.

They can be pruned in late winter to keep them compact.

They are propagated from seed sown in spring and by woody cuttings in spring or summer.

Images of the tree Tilia platyphyllos or Large leaved lime

Tilia platyphyllos
Tilia platyphyllos
Tilia platyphyllos
Tilia platyphyllos