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Tilia tomentosa - Moench.
                 
Common Name Silver Lime
Family Tiliaceae
USDA hardiness 4-7
Known Hazards The flowers are toxic to bumble bees[11].
Habitats Oak and mixed woods[74].
Range S.E. Europe.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Oval, Pyramidal, Rounded.

Tilia tomentosa Silver Lime


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Physical Characteristics
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Tilia tomentosa is a deciduous Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
T. alba. T. argentea. DC.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Canopy;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Tea.

Young leaves - raw or cooked[179]. The dried leaves are sometimes used as an adulterant for marjoram (Origanum majorana)[183]. A tea can be made from the flowers. A very good chocolate substitute is made from a paste of the ground fruits and flowers[2]. Trials on marketing the product failed because the paste decomposes readily[2].
Medicinal Uses


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Antispasmodic;  Diaphoretic;  Sedative.

A tea made from the flowers is antispasmodic, diaphoretic and sedative[226].
Other Uses
Fibre.

A fibre is obtained from the tough inner bark It can be made into diverse items such as mats, shoes and coarse cloth[229].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Firewood, Pollard, Screen, Specimen, Street tree. Prefers a good moist loamy alkaline to neutral soil but succeeds on slightly acid soils[11, 200]. Grows poorly on any very dry or very wet soil[200]. According to another report this species succeeds in a hot dry position. Dislikes exposed positions[200]. Succeeds in sun or semi-shade[188]. This species thrives in southern England[11], though it prefers a continental climate, growing more slowly and not producing fertile seed in areas with cool summers[200]. Lime trees tend to hybridise freely if other members of the genus are growing nearby[238]. If growing plants from seed it is important to ensure the seed came from a wild source or from an isolated clump of the single species[K]. Grows best in a woodland situation, young plants tolerate a reasonable level of side shade[200]. The fragrant flowers of this tree are toxic to bees[188]. Trees are usually attacked by aphids which cover the ground and the leaves with a sticky honeydew[188]. Rarely produces suckers. Quite tolerant of root disturbance, semi-mature trees up to 5 metres tall have been transplanted successfully. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Attracts birds, Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Propagation
Seed - much of the seed produced in Britain is not viable, cut a few seedcases open to see if there is a seed inside[80]. If possible, obtain fresh seed that is ripe but has not as yet developed a hard seed coat and sow it immediately in a cold frame. It may germinate in the following spring though it could take 18 months[80]. Stored seed can be very slow to germinate. It has a hard seed coat, embryo dormancy and a hard coat on the pericarp. All these factors mean that the seed may take up to 8 years to germinate[80]. One way of shortening this time is to stratify the seed for 5 months at high temperatures (10°c at night, up to 30°c by day) and then 5 months cold stratification[80]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Layering in spring just before the leaves unfurl. Takes 1 - 3 years[78]. Suckers, when formed, can be removed with as much root as possible during the dormant season and replanted immediately[200].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Tilia mongolicaMongolian Lime31
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Elizabeth H.
Etienne Van Rattingen Thu Apr 22 09:18:33 2004
psychosomatic complains, fear, neuroses, nervos, stress, sleeplessnes, depression, neuralgia, petit mal.
Elizabeth H.
Richard G. Rankin Mon Feb 19 2007
I have a Tilia tomentosa (approx.10 ft.)in my front yard. I find it a very attractive tree resembling a Bradford Pear,strongly scented and loaded with bees at June's end and the first week of July. I had no Idea that it was toxic to bumble bees. R.G.Rankin (Keyport,NJ)
Elizabeth H.
Dr. Aiken Sun Mar 11 2007
A magic sleep, calming elixar for some.. 50 drops before bed will result in a dreamless sleep, and the effects are gone well before noon the next day. Take a little care with early morning tasks involving motor dexterity or rapid decision making as these may not be at full capacity Dr. Aiken
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