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PlantFiles: Japanese Lime Tree
Tilia kiusiana

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tilia (TIL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: kiusiana (key-oo-see-AY-nuh) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Dec 24, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Lovely, elegant, charming, sophisticated, graceful, petite, and well-perfumed: altogether a class act. If lindens were stars of Turner Classic Movies, Tilia kiusiana would be Audrey Hepburn.

It's smaller than other lindens in all its parts, with a shorter stature and smaller leaves and flowers. Even its seeds and their bract/parachutes are diminutive. It has a pleasing pale creamy pink exfoliating bark that reminds me of a river birch.

The effect is, well, dainty and refined. The French would call it "mignon".

The sweetly fragrant flowers bloom in late summer into September.

It's slow growing and reaches a maximum of 20-30' tall. The habit is upright, single-trunked, and symmetrical, well branched all the way to the ground. Limbed up to 8', this would make a great tree for small gardens.

Unlike the common linden, it does not sucker from the base. Nor does it share the aphid/honeydew/black mold problem that makes T. cordifolia troublesome.

The common name is Kyushu linden or Kyushu lime tree. Japanese lime tree (Tilia japonica) is a different species.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Roslindale, Massachusetts

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