Facts About the Dance Lime Tree

Overview

Dance lime trees are known scientifically as Tilia x europaea. The trees are part of the Tiliaceae family. They are also often referred to as common linden or common lime trees. The deciduous, vast trees are a hybrid between Tilia platyphyllos (lime tree with big leaves) and Tilia cordata (lime tree with small leaves), although they occur naturally.

Characteristics

Dance lime trees have deep green foliage. The trees produce fragrant yellow flowers that appear in clusters of between four and 10. The flowers show up around the start of the summer. Dance lime trees bear fruits that are drupes, and are nut-like in appearance. The trees grow to between 65 and 150 feet in height, and their trunks tend to have a diameter of around 6 feet. The trees have intermediate leaves.

Cultivation

Dance lime trees are hardy in the U. S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) zones 4 through 7. These slow-growing trees flourish when they are grown under full sun. As for soil, moist to normal levels are preferable, and alkaline soil can be tolerated. The flowers bloom around the middle of the summertime.

Flowers

The flowers of dance lime trees are extremely fragrant. The flowers produce a tea that is known as Linden flower tea. In the Middle Ages, the tea was consumed to function as a stimulant, and also to increase perspiration. Linden flowers produce an essential oil that is often used as for calming and relaxing purposes in aromatherapy. The flowers also offer various complexion benefits, and operate as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Meaning

Dance lime trees offer some symbolic significance. The trees are often seen as green temples, and the way in which the foliage changes color seasonally symbolizes life's constant changes. The trees also symbolize ancient astronomical philosophies related to sunset and sunrise times.

Pests

As with most trees, dance lime trees occasionally experience some problems, particularly pests. Some pests that commonly infest dance lime trees include cottony scale and aphids. Aphids generally do not completely destroy the trees, but can lead to the production of honeydew, which lures in ants. Aphids also stay on the foliage. Scale insects, on the other hand, completely cover the branches and the twigs of the tree.

Keywords: dance lime trees, Tilia europaea, common linden trees

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