leaves are heart-shaped, tapering abruptly to a fine tip and are 3-6
cm long. They are dark green, shiny and hairless above and with tufts
of rusty hairs only at the junction of the veins
below. The margins have sharp teeth and the leaf-stalks are 15-30
Lime is a deciduous
tree, up to 25 m in height, with a main trunk often forking above
and a smooth grey bark which breaks up into plates later. It is
a native of woods on deep, fertile,
are arranged in erect or spreading groups of 4-10 on a long stalk
with a linear,
green, leaf-like bract attached.
5-petalled, sweet-smelling, yellow-white flowers are 10-12 mm across
and appear in early July.
group of round fruits are neither ribbed nor hairy. They are dispersed
together with the leafy bracts in October.
- The wood does
not warp and is often used for keys and sounding boards of pianos
- The wood is
soft and even-grained, ideal for carving and was used by one of
England's best known carvers, Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721).
- It was formerly
regarded as a holy tree and planted to protect people from evil