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Tilia oliveri

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An unusual and elegant lime tree with attractive leaves introduced to the UK from central China. Leaves are rounded, finely toothed and have a silvery-white underside which makes them particularly attractive when being ruffled by a breeze.

In mid summer masses of pretty, scented white flowers appear on the branches. Tilia oliveri is a fascinating and very beautiful garden tree.

Supplied Size: 5L containers (40 - 60 cm tall)

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Tilia oliveri | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Tilia oliveri | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Tilia oliveri | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
5 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Moist or well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: June - July
Flower Colour: Ivory white
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Tilia oliveri grows to be a medium sized branching tree.
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)

Notes: Interestingly a good chocolate substitute can apparently be made from a paste of the ground fruit and flowers although I have to say we have never tried this and prefer to grow Tilia oliveri as a beautiful ornamental tree!

Plant Finder: about Tilia oliveri

Common names

Oliver's lime, Lime


Tilia oliveri (Oliver's lime). This species is a spreading tree, with broadly ovate and dark green leaves, about 12cm, which taper to a sharp point. The flowers are pendent cymes of yellow blooms which are borne in mid-summer.


They are fully hardy and require sun or semi-shade with fertile, well drained soil.

Interest and use

Grown for their small, fragrant, cup-shaped flowers and stately habit. Flowers attract bees (but can toxic to them in some cases).

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

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