Tilia kiusiana


Tilia kiusiana   


In May 1971 we received seed of Tilia kiusiana from the Higashiyama Botanic Garden, Nagoya, Japan. By 1984 the one resulting specimen was robust enough to be planted out in what was to become bed EW121 about half-way along the Plant Explorers Walk. Now a small tree of some 5 meters in height our slow-growing, featured plant provides shade and autumn splendour.

The species name is a latinised form of Kyushu, southernmost of the main islands of Japan, where this species is native. Tilia kiusiana has the distinction of being the most un-lime looking member of the genus. As a rarely cultivated species its presence reminds us that botanic gardens display a broad selection of plant diversity.

There are about 30 species of Tilia. Temperate areas of the Northern hemisphere, with the exception of the Himalayas and western North America are where they grow naturally today. A rich, moist soil, cool-climate and ample rain suit most of the species in this genus.

We have limes from Europe and North America growing on the northern slopes of this Garden. The Brunet Meadow is home to a large specimen of the Common Lime, Tilia x europea, between the Residence Garden and the Conifer Cultivars you will pass Tilia platyphyllos, also from Europe and the North American Woodland is home to several specimens of Tilia americana