Sunday, 6 November 2011

Tilia cordata

"The small-leaved lime is found relatively rarely in Britain today but from peat-preserved pollen grains we know it to be one of our oldest native trees. Its high quality wood has been used for centuries for both intricate carvings and musical instruments alike." (Kew Gardens)

This specimen of the small-leafed lime (tilia cordata) is behind Stanmer House and was planted in 1975 by the Russian Ambassador and the Mayor of Brighton. Quite why His Excellency should have been planting a tree in Stanmer Park I really don't know.

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