• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Tilia 'Petiolaris'

Weeping silver lime

Weeping silver lime

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  • Other common names Weeping silver lime
    Pendent silver lime

    Pendent white lime
    Weeping lime

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  • Synonyms Tilia tomentosa 'Pendula'
    Tilia tomentosa 'Petiolaris'

  • Genus Tilia are deciduous trees with broadly ovate or heart-shaped leaves and pendulous clusters of fragrant yellow-green flowers, followed by conspicuous winged fruits

  • Family Malvaceae / Malvaceae

  • Species 'Petiolaris' is a vigorous and elegant large deciduous tree with pendulous branches bearing heart-shaped dark green leaves whitish beneath. Clusters of highly scented yellowish flowers are narcotic to bees


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Pendulous_Weeping#Pendulous/Weeping

  • Fragrance Flower



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in most moist soils and will tolerate hard pruning. Is susceptible to aphid infestation and is therefore liable to sticky honeydew. Avoid exposure to cold drying winds

Propagation Chip budding is the most appropriate method although care must be taken with the choice of rootstock

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Can get caterpillars and sometimes aphids

Diseases May be affected by phytophthora root diseases

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