Linden, a generous tree

Its leaves in the shape of heart made it a symbol of love and fidelity ...

But the linden tree is mostly easy to grow, fast growth and refreshing shade.

If you have space in the garden, it is ideal.

  • Garden: cultivate lime
  • Health: benefits and virtues of lime

 Culture linden

There are about fifty species of Tilia. The most common in France T. platyphyllos or big leaf linden, T. cordata, small leaves, found mainly in wood and T. x vulgaris, hybrid of the first two, the most resistant to drought. In town, the silver linden (Tilia tomentosa), which is not afraid of pollution, has been widely planted, but it has since been proved that his nectar was toxic to bees and bumblebees. It is therefore not recommended in the gardens.

The linden tree is easy to grow, whose rapid growth can quickly benefit from a generous shade. It is resistant to drought and poor soils support. It is a tree that lives a long time - and there is a 1000 year old lime tree in Bavaria - which can reach 50 meters high. Its branches are spread out, so it is important to book him a substantial space and away from home, it would darken his shadow.

Many virtues

Linden, a generous treeThe linden flowers are known for their virtues calming. Collect them at the beginning of flowering - which lasts a week - when their stamens are yellow and dry them on a towel to enjoy a tea. The sapwood, contained in the trunk between the hard wood and bark, has detoxifying properties and buds, action both detoxifying and calming. Both are used in herbal medicine.

Know also that young lime leaves are edible and can be added to salads. Dried and ground, it gives a protein-rich meal that was used during the Second World War. Finally, the honeydew produced by aphids on the leaves in case of attack (frequent) and nectar from flowers of linden small and large leaves are great for bees.

  1. Health: benefits and virtues of lime

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