Tilia cordata ( Small-leaved Lime , occasionally Small-leaved Linden) is a species of Tilia native to much of Europe and western Asia , north to southern Great Britain (north to about Durham ), central Scandinavia , east to central Russia , and south to central Spain , Italy , Bulgaria , Turkey , and the Caucasus ; in the south of its range it is restricted to high altitudes.
A decidious Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 12 m (39ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to July, and the seeds ripen in October.
The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It is noted for attracting wildlife. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.