Largeleaf Linden, Big-leaf Linden, Bigleaf Linden, Cut-leaved Lime, Cut-leaved Linden Tilia platyphyllos

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Botanical Name:

Tilia platyphyllos

Family:

Malvaceae

Genus:

Tilia

Species:

platyphyllos

Common Name:

Largeleaf Linden, Big-leaf Linden, Bigleaf Linden, Cut-leaved Lime, Cut-leaved Linden

Height:
100 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
5

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 90 days, cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: Spring sowing of unstratified seed will produce germination the next spring.
In a Nutshell:
* Tilia platyphyllos is a deciduous tree native to much of Europe , including locally in southwestern Great Britain , growing on lime -rich soils. The common name Large-leaved Linden is in standard use throughout the English-speaking world except in Britain, where it has largely (but not universally) been replaced by the name Large-leaved Lime . It is frequently planted as an ornamental tree in parks, or as a shade tree or a lawn tree. It has been introduced in the US (New England). more...
* Leaves to 5" long, heart-shaped, dark green, yellowish-white flowers in drooping clusters, of upright, rounded habit, like T. cordata, varies a good deal, and several cultivars are grown, often used in Europe, where it is native, but not common in the U.S.

Lime flowers are a popular domestic remedy for a number of ailments, especially in the treatment of colds and other ailments where sweating is desirable. more...
[ edit ] Description T. platyphyllos is a narrowly domed tree with a moderate growth rate, and can eventually attain a height of 40 m. The reddish-brown young stems later develop dark gray bark with fine fissures and furrows. The branches spread upwards at wide angles. The twigs are reddish-green and slightly pubescent. The foliage consists of simple, alternately arranged leaves . As indicated by its common name, this tree has larger leaves than the related Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Linden), 6 to 9 cm (exceptionally 15 cm). They are ovate to cordate, mid to dark green above and below, with white downy hair on the underside, particularly along the veins, tapering into a mucronate tip. The margin is sharply serrate, and the base cordate; the venation is palmate along a midrib. The pubescent petiole is usually 3–4 cm long, but can vary between 1.5–5 cm. The autumn foliage is yellow-green to yellow.The small, fragrant, yellowish-white flowers are arranged in drooping, cymose clusters in groups of 3 to 4. Their whitish-green, leaf-like bracts have an oblong-obovate shape. The geniculate peduncles are between 1.5–3 cm long. The hermaphroditic flowers have 5 sepals and 5 tepals , numerous stamens , but no staminodes. The superior ovary is 2-10 locular with one smooth style . The flowers are pollinated by bees. The fruit is a small, round, tomentose, cream-colored nutlet with a diameter of 1 cm or less. It has a woody shell with 3-5 ridges. leaves roots
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Physical Characteristics  Tilia platyphyllos is a deciduous Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It is noted for attracting wildlife. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil.
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Usda description:
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