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Tilia Europaea Pallida or the Kaiser Linden is a cultivar of the Tilia Europaea Common Lime. Tilia Europaea Pallida is perhaps one of the best known and most popular of Lime tree varieties. The lime tree is known as the Linden in German, and one of Berlin’s best loved Boulevards – Unter Den Linden (which translates as ‘Under the Lime Trees’) is indeed flanked on either side by avenues of Tilia Europaea Pallida.
This deciduous tree is an excellent choice for UK gardens. The crown is wide, pyramidal and semi-open with a very straight trunk. Emerging earlier than other lime varieties, its wide, heart-shaped light green leaves are up to 12cm in length with a green-yellow underside. In June and July, fragrant drooping clusters of pale yellow flowers attract bees and butterflies to their nectar. The fruit which follows is a nut like drupe, about the same size as a garden pea. The leaves turn a rich, buttery yellow before falling in the early autumn.
Pallida is a fast growing, large tree very tolerant of urban environments and very adaptable for pollarding /shaping so often used for Pleached Limes. Our specimen Tilia Europaea Pallida trees are grown and shaped as full standard trees on clear stems of at least 2 metres and can be used as screening trees.
Height and Spread of Tilia Europaea Pallida The Pallida Lime will grow to 12 metres high and 6 metres wide after 25 years, with a mature height of 25-35 metres and spread of 15-20 metres with annual growth of 25-50 cm. With an annual trim, the standard tree shape can be easily maintained.
How Hardy Is Tilia Europaea Pallida? The Pallida Lime is fully hardy in the UK and across northern Europe.
How to Use Tilia Europaea Pallida The Pallida Lime is a perfect choice for city locations. It can be planted in pavement alongside a roadway, providing both shade and a barrier from traffic noise. One Kaiser Linden planted in a large lawn will make a good focal point, and on a country property a grouping of specimens will be a striking note in the landscape. The full standard shape of our Tilia Europaea Pallida trees can be used in smaller spaces as a living screen.
How to Care for Tilia Europaea Pallida Plant Tilia Europaea Pallida in full sun or partial shade in an exposed or sheltered position in any well-drained soil with an acid to neutral pH. Resistant to wind and aerosol salt, it is suitable for use in coastal regions. It is especially well-suited to city locations, as it is very tolerant of pollution and can be planted in paving, making it a good choice as a street tree. The Kaiser Linden, like all lime trees, is a popular choice for pruning and training.