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Tilia tomentosa 'Petiolaris' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Pendulous/Weeping

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Green in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

weeping silver lime

Family

Malvaceae


Tilia are deciduous trees with broadly ovate or heart-shaped leaves and pendulous clusters of fragrant yellow-green flowers, followed by conspicuous winged fruits

'Petiolaris' is a vigorous and elegant large deciduous tree with pendulous branches bearing heart-shaped dark green leaves whitish beneath. Clusters of highly scented yellowish flowers are narcotic to bees

Other common names

  • pendent silver lime
  • pendent white lime
  • weeping lime

Synonym(s)

  • Tilia americana 'Pendula'
  • Tilia petiolaris
  • Tilia tomentosa 'Pendula'
  • Tilia 'Petiolaris'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most moist soils and will tolerate hard pruning. Is susceptible to aphid infestation and is therefore liable to sticky honeydew. Avoid exposure to cold drying winds

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Chip budding is the most appropriate method although care must be taken with the choice of rootstock

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Hedging/Screens or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Can get caterpillars and sometimes aphids

Diseases

May be affected by phytophthora root diseases