Large-leaved Lime

Tilia platyphyllos

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The Large-leaved Lime is a large and broad tree of forests and parkland where it was often planted. It is a scarce wild plant in the UK and can be found in patches across England and Wales. It produces large, winged seeds which are dispersed by the wind.

How to identify

The three limes are very similar and often difficult to tell apart. The Large-leaved Lime lives up to its name: it has larger leaves than the Small-leaved Lime and never grows twiggy suckers like the Common Lime.

Where to find it

Found in England and Wales.


When to find it

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How can people help

Our native tree species, such as the Large-leaved Lime, provide important links in the food chain for many animals, as well as areas for shelter and nesting. The Wildlife Trusts recognise the importance of healthy habitats to support all kinds of species throughout the food chain, so look after many nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife. You can help too: volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from coppicing to craft-making, stockwatching to surveying.

Species information

Common name
Large-leaved Lime
Latin name
Tilia platyphyllos
Trees and shrubs
Height: up to 35m
Conservation status