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!

Silver Lime  Tilia tomentosa

Silver Lime

Origin: a tree of SE Europe and SW Asia; introduced to Britain in 1767. It is frequently planted in towns, parks and larger gardens.

Tree: younger trees are almost hemispherical (look at those on the road in from Keele village); older trees a broadly domed with some branches steeply descending as in the specimen illustrated.

Bark: on younger trees the bark is greyish with buff striations whereas on older trees it is greyish with a network of smooth, flat ridges.

The leaves are thick, dark-green above with thick whitish pubescence below; rounded and rather pointed or acuminate at the tip. They have rather coarse, forward-pointing teeth

The flowers, which appear in July with 7 - 10 on a 3cm stalk, are very sweet smelling. The fruits are 8-10mm dia. with a yellowy-green bract 9cm long.

Location : A number have been planted either side of the road to Keele Village; another is outside Walter Moberly Hall; compartment 42A; square L7; tag 3610.