Meadow Road, Linden Collection, 1990
Alternate title: Tilia cordata var. cordifolia
Photograph by István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy (n.d.), Hungary
Linden Collection, Meadow Road, Arnold Arboretum
Accession # 6635*B
August 26, 1990
Kyle Port, Arnold Arboretum Manager of Plant Records, gave an up-close tour of our Tilia (linden) collection.
István Racz and Zsolt Debreczy are world-renowned denrologists with a long and storied association with Arnold Arboretum. They are authors of Conifers around the world : conifers of the temperate zones and adjacent regions, published in 2011 by DendroPress. The Image Collection of the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library and Archives also holds many hundreds of Racz and Debreczy’s photographs of taxa on the grounds of the Arnold Arboretum.
Lindens are commonly known as lime trees in the British Isles, but they are not closely related to the lime fruit. They are mostly large, deciduous trees, reaching typically 20 to 40 metres (66 to 130 ft) tall, with oblique-cordate leaves 6 to 20 centimetres (2 to 8 in) across. As with elms, the exact number of species is uncertain, as many if not most of the species will hybridise readily, both in the wild and in cultivation. Limes are hermaphroditic, having perfect flowers with both male and female parts, pollinated by insects.
According to the Encyclopedia of Plants in Myth, Legend, Magic, and Lore, Lindens are an ancient symbol of love, healing, and good luck, and Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) owed his family name to lindens that grew close to his family home.
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