County Champion

Planted: 1915

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This tree can be found half way along the Grass Path, on the south side.

County Champion

Distribution:Origin is uncertain. Usually sterile, but may be a hybrid with another Tilia species that are native to south eastern Europe and south western Asia, from Romania and the Balkans east to western Turkey, occurring at moderate altitudes.
Planting Date:1915
Bought from:Veitch Nurseries, Exeter, Devon,
Appearance:A deciduous tree growing to 35 m.
Leaf:Cultivar ‘Petiolaris’ (pendent or weeping silver lime) differs from the common lime in longer leaf petioles 4 cm to 8 cm long and drooping leaves. ‘Lime Green’ when young and mostly hairless above, densely white tomentose with white hairs below, and with a coarsely toothed margin.
Flowers:The flowers are pale yellow, hermaphrodite, produced in cymes of three to ten in mid to late summer with a pale green subtending leafy bract; they have a strong scent and are pollinated by bees.
Fruit:The fruit is a dry nut-like drupe 8 mm to 10 mm long, downy, and slightly ribbed.
Tree  height and girth in 2023 Height 25 m and girth 257 cm
Uses:Ornamental tree tolerant of urban conditions
Fragrant in spring, drops buds and pollen during the spring and autumn.
Wood is soft and light, white-yellow and finely textured. It is easy to work and often used in wood turning, carving and furniture making. Lime bark was traditionally used to make rope.
Lime flowers are a valuable source of food for honeybees.
Introduction Date:Early 1840s
Anecdotes and Comments:Substantial Common Lime branch growing from below graft.

Rated in 2023 County champion by height by The Tree Register

Known as ‘Silver Linden’ in U.S.