Tilia henryana Tilia

Tilia

Description: A slow-growing, medium-sized tree with a rounded crown, eventually reaching up to 25m in height. The bristle margined green leaves are almost ‘venus fly trap’ like in appearance, and can put on a second flush in late summer, which can appear silvery-pink in colour, standing out against the dark green of the mature leaves. Clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers are borne in summer.

History: Native to Central China. Discovered by Augustine Henry in 1888 and introduced in 1901 by Ernest Wilson.

Tilia Growing Tips: Grows readily on light or heavy soils and will put up with temporarily soaking ground. Avoid growing in very dry conditions or exposure to very strong winds. Ideal for coppicing to show off the golden shoots in winter.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 6m x 4m

Attributes

  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: August
  • M Size: Medium
  • Scented flowers
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Can be hard pruned

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