Timberpedia - Lime


Latin Name:Irish Name:Native to Ireland?
Tilia No

About the Tree

Lime has been in Ireland since the Norman Invasion, but interest really increased when Louis XIV
of France opened the gardens at Versailles in the late 17th century, prompting a huge demand for
lime-fringed avenues, generally using seeds grown at nurseries in Flanders.

By the time Lisnavagh was built, these stately and sweet-scented trees were all the rage with
Victorian landscapers and the Lime Walk dates to the 1840s. The ivory-coloured heart-shaped
leaves and smooth grey bark make it a particularly attractive tree, while its timber is used in the
construction of, amongst other uses, piano keys and beehives. (Turtle Bunbury) 

About the Wood

Its white, finely-grained wood is excellent for carving, was the wood of choice for legendy woodcarvings by Grinling Gibbons (St Paul’s Cathedral London).

Very popular for mouldings and picture frames as its softness allows it to be pressed rather than carved.

Also known as Basewood.

Because it does not warp, lime wood is still used for the sounding boards and keys of pianos and
organs. As it is free from taint it is used for dairy and domestic utensils. It is the preferred wood for
beehive frames. Other uses are for small turned items, toys, bobbins and sometimes plywood

Tilia tomentosa Mature tree
Lime tree Foliage and flowers
Avenue of lime trees at Turville Heath - geograph.org.uk - 39077 Avenue of lime trees
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