A deciduous, bushy screening plant which responds well to trimming, the Small-leaved Lime is an ancient native to the UK.
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- Flower Colour: creamy white
- Foliage Colour: green, turning pale yellow in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: higher than 12m (40ft)
- Flowering Period: spring
- Tolerance: exposure tolerant, frost resistant, drought tolerant
- Growing Habit: spreading
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Rate of Growth: medium
- Final Size if Untrimmed: medium sized tree
- Wildlife: attracts bees and other insects
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 80-100cm (2’8”-3’4”)
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: chalk, clay, sand, alkaline, neutral
- Moisture: well-drained, moist but well-drained
- Planting Distance: 60cm (2ft)
Small-leaved Lime can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Should be pruned in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. On planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third, cutting to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
Maintain at 90-180cm (3-6ft) or as taller hedges or screens.