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Tree identification

Common lime Tilia x europaea   Small leaved lime T.cordata

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Common Lime twig green tinged with red. Buds alternate and red.

Common Lime leaves. Underside matt with whitish tufts between the angles of the veins. The The two "halves" are unequal in size. Small leaved lime leaves, The underside is matt and there are light brown tufts between the angles of veins.
Common Lime. Underside of leaf showing whitish tufts in the leaf vein angles. Small leaved lime. Underside of leaf showing brown tufts in the leaf vein angles.
Small leaved lime in flower in the plantation. The flowers give off a sweet smell. A large creamy yellow bracteole or wing is attached to the flower stalk.

Flowers of Small leaved lime showing (top) style and stigma, (right)

underside showing 5 sepals and 5 petals, (below) central style and numerous stamens.

Common lime fruits showing large bracteole. The fruit are downy and faintly ribbed. Base of an old Common Lime in Hainault Lodge. This secondary growth at the base is an identification feature for Common Lime.