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Tilia kiusiana Makino & Shirasawa

Modern name

Tilia kiusiana Makino & Shiras.

A tree said to grow to about 35 ft high in Japan; branchlets slender, clad with stellate hairs when young. Leaves of firm texture, oblong-ovate or ovate-elliptic, mostly 1 to 214 in. long, 58 to 114 in. wide (sometimes to 3 in. long and 2 in. wide), acuminate at the apex, oblique at the base and sometimes slightly cordate on one side, darkish green above, undersides paler, downy, and with yellowish brown tufts of hairs in the axils, finely toothed; petioles very short, to about 12 in. or slightly more long. Inflorescence with up to thirty-six flowers, pendulous. Bracts sessile, 1 to 2 in. long. Flowers about 14 in. wide. Fruits globose, not ribbed, thinly hairy.

A native of Japan in Kyushu, Shikoku and the southern part of the main island; described in 1900 but not introduced until the 1930s. With its small very shortly stalked leaves it is one of the most distinct of limes, but rare in gardens. There is an example at Westonbirt, Glos., about 16 ft high. It belongs to the same group as T. japonica.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

The example at Westonbirt of this rare species measures 23 × 112 ft (1983).



Other species in the genus