Dutch Lime

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The Dutch lime is the result of an ancient cross between the Small-leaved Lime and the Summer Lime. There’s an impressive row of them in front of you here.

Because both the Small-leaved Lime and the Summer Lime occur in the wild in the Netherlands, this tree can occur spontaneously in forests. However, this crossing originated at a nursery. The Lime is part of the Lime family.

This tree is often planted on farms, because it provides a lot of shade and it can grow in most soils and places. Usually the tree has a variable crown with some heavy main branches and irregularly spreading side branches. In old age, the trunk is quite grooved and clad with thicker tubercles, often on which young twigs grow.

There are now a number of selections of this hybrid that have a better crown. As a result, the tree is already planted less. That's a good thing, because this Lime is quite sensitive to aphids. As a result, use in the city is limited to parks and larger green areas.

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