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Monday, 23 May 2016
Tree of the Week
LIME - Tilia x europaea
Native to the UK, the common Lime is a hybrid between Small-leaved and Large leaved Limes. Common lime is most often seen as an ornamental tree in large parks and estates. Here at Rufford, the lime trees make up what was once the old driveway, from the Western gates main entrance (A614) to the Abbey's grand doors.
(During the war, lime blossom was used to make a soothing tea).
Look out for the heart shaped leaves. Usually 6-10cm, toothed on the outer side and dull green in colour.
The bark is a grey-brown, with ridges appearing on more mature trees and large burrs (abnormal growth) at the base of the tree.