The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Caucasian Lime  Tilia euchlora

Caucasian Lime

Origin: a native of the Caucasus, it was introduced to the UK in the 1850s. It is not a common tree in collections but it is being used as a street tree because its leaves are generally free of aphids.

Trunk: unlike the Common Lime it generally has a clean bole for up to 3m then a sprawl of ascending branches that twist over and then descend in a kind of mushroom-like dome. The bark is smooth, leaden-grey with darker grey striations.

The shoots are typically bright chlorine-green, while the upper side of leaf is dark glossy green and the underside pale green with tufts of brownish hairs in leaf axils.

The fruits are rather oval or pear-shaped, compared to the more rounded fruits of the other lime species.

Location : There is one tree in front of the Hornbeam Building (square L7, tag 3613).