Keele University Arboretum
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Large-leaved Lime Tilia platyphyllos
Origin: A native of the limestone areas of the Wye Valley and southern Yorkshire. It is a common street tree and is frequently planted in parks and gardens. It has a distinct advantage over Common Lime in that it doesn't attract aphids!
Large-leaved Lime : Note no basal growth
The bark is dull grey and becomes fissured and ridged with age. Unlike Common Lime it doesn't get the basal sprouts and shoots.
|Note the hairy leaf veins and
clusters of hairs in the axils
The leaves are markedly hairy above and hairy on the veins beneath; unlike Common Lime and Small-leaved Lime which are glabrous. This tends to deter the aphids that so plague the Common Lime.
The underside of the leaf has small tufts of whitish hairs in the axils of the veins.
Flowers and fruit: it is generally the first lime to flower. The fruits are globose, subtended by a large pale bract, densely hairy and strongly ribbed - those of Small-leaved Lime are smooth and of Common Lime faintly ribbed.
Generally, if you see a lime on campus with a trunk devoid of any basal shoots or suckers, then it could well be a Large-leaved Lime (see photo above right).
At Keele : There are a number of trees scattered about the campus, many only coming to light following the tree survey. There are a couple alongside the path behind the library - compartment 32, square M9; several beside the path from the shops to Keele Hall including compartment 29a, square N8, two in front of Walter Moberly Hall - compartment 42a, square L7.