Lime tree


Lime tree

10Jan 2016

The lime has a long tradition as a house and courtyard tree. Often the so-called village linden represented the centre of the village and was the place where people met to swap news and hold dances; while the village court was also often held beneath the “court linden”. Even today, a number of village names bear witness to the once great popularity of the lime. Since modern cities demand a greater level of climatic resistance and ease of maintenance, contemporary varieties now abound.  

Thus you can find an abundance of lime trees in today’s towns and villages, ranging from the imposing giant tree through to the elegant topiary. The lime shows its sweeter side in June and July: It's then that the short-trunked tree blossoms and gives off a pleasant perfume.


The winter lime: Urban climate no problem

The winter lime (Tilia cordata), with its prominent crown, is well suited to use as a garden tree or for use on streets and byways. It’s robust, hardened against the urban climate, and can fit to a variety of soil types. As a proven street tree for both city and countryside, it's impressive even in difficult locations - for example for use as wind protection on motorways.

But the winter lime needs a lot of room. For compact conditions, the Lorberg tree nursery also has, alongside the classic winter lime, modern, smaller varieties in its product range, such as the winter lime “Böhlje” and “Rancho”, with its smaller crown. The “Greenspire” and “Roelvo” as well as Lorberg’s own “Typ Lorberg” ®, deal extremely well with heat and dryness, and are to be recommended as (inner city) street trees. After they’ve grown, the “Greenspire” and “Lorberg Type” ® are extremely easy to maintain, due to their minimal water needs.


Silver lime and large-leaved linden for the urban environment

If you’re looking to provide shade for a seat or a parking space, the silver lime is the first choice - since less of the sticky honey dew drips from it. The large-leaved linden (Tilia platyphyllos) is a changeable, green design element for the urban space.

Since it reacts with strong new shoots when cut, it’s perfect for pruning into wonderful shapes such as trellises and box-like forms. Pruned into a box shape, for example, it provides great wind and visual protection, while trees cut into roof shapes provide perfect shade for sitting spots.