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Tilia miqueliana Maxim.

Modern name

Tilia miqueliana Maxim.


T. mandshurica sens. Miq., not Rupr. & Maxim.; S. franchetiana Schneid.

A tree 40 ft high, the young shoots, leaf-stalks, and especially the under-surface of the leaves covered with a dull grey felt. Leaves ovate, 2 to 5 in. long, 112 to 312 in. wide, heart-shaped at the base, taper-pointed, coarsely toothed (sometimes lobed), dark glossy green above, without tufts in the vein-axils beneath. Flowers numerous, sometimes over twenty on the cyme; floral bracts 3 to 412 in. long, 58 to 34 in. wide, with scattered starry down. Fruits globose, felted, 38 in. long.

Native of E. China (Kiangsu). It is sacred to Buddhists, and has long been cultivated about temples both in China and in Japan, from which it was first described. The description given above is of the form cultivated at Kew, but there are others in which the leaves are relatively much broader. It is a slow-growing tree with us, but flowers freely in the second half of July. The Kew tree, though planted in 1904, measures only 20 × 114 ft (1974).

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

specimens: Kew, pl. 1904, 25 × 112 ft and, pl. 1901, 16 × 114 ft (topped) (1986); Borde Hill, Sussex, 52 × 112 (1984); Killerton, Devon, 40 × 214 ft (1985).



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