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Tilia platyphyllos 'Rubra' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

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

Stem

Red in Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

red-twigged 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

'Rubra' is a large vigorous deciduous tree of rather erect habit, the twigs reddish in winter. Heart-shaped dark green leaves to 12cm in length, and clusters of small, fragrant yellowish flowers

Other common names

  • large-leaved lime 'Rubra'

Synonym(s)

  • Tilia platyphyllos 'Corallina'

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

Aphids, horse chestnut scale, caterpillars, sawflies and gall mites may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by phytopthora root diseases