Tilia cordata is a deciduous tree growing to a height between sixty and one hundred and thirty feet tall. Commonly called the small-leaved lime or small-leaved linden, it is a species of Tilia native to much of Europe. Other common names include little-leaf or littleleaf linden or small-leaved linden or traditionally in South East England, pry or pry tree.) Its range extends from Britain through mainland Europe to the Caucasus and western Asia. In the south of its range it is restricted to high elevations.
In the UK it is mostly found in ancient woodland and has become increasingly rare.
Funky Facts File: In much of Europe it is used medicinally as ‘Lime Tea’ and honey from bees collecting its pollen is also said to be medicinal. The young leaves can be used in salad. Although not commercially grown for its wood it was favoured by mediaeval wood carvers. It is the National Tree of both the Czech and Slovak republics.