Common Name: Linden tree, lime tree, basswood
Tilia is a genus of large deciduous trees. Their early-summer blossoms are very aromatic and are often dried to make an herbal tea. Proust's famous madeleine was accompanied by this tea. We have several species in the north end of the Garden. Their leaves often have knobby protuberances, galls, which are caused by mites.
The genus name comes from the Latin name for the tree, known in Sweden as linn and the origin of the family name Linnaeus. The common name for the tree in Britain, lime, may be a corruption of 'linn.'
Photos by Hughie Jones