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Tilia cordata 'Winter Orange'
  • RHS AGM

small-leaved lime 'Winter Orange'

A selection of this medium-sized deciduous tree that has red buds and orange winter shoots. Leaf colour in autumn is butter-yellow. Small, fragrant creamy-white flowers are borne in spreading clusters in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn Yellow
Winter Orange Red
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Malvaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Spreading branched
Genus

Tilia are deciduous trees with broadly ovate or heart-shaped leaves and pendulous clusters of fragrant yellow-green flowers, followed by conspicuous winged fruits

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade; prefers alkaline to neutral soil but tolerant of acid conditions. Avoid very dry conditions and exposure to strong winds. Grow as free standing specimens or as avenue trees; may also be pleached. The flowers are attractive to bees

Propagation

Propagate by grafting or chip budding onto a suitable rootstock

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1; sucker removal in winter

Pests

Aphids, horse chestnut scale, caterpillars, sawflies and gall mites may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by phytophthora root diseases and honey fungus

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