Last to flower of indigenous trees

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 12.07.2016 - 08:47

Photos  Arne Ader
Translation Liis

Pärn õitseb

Lime tree flowering



Small-leaved lime     Harilik pärn       Tilia cordata


Among Estonian trees the small-leaved lime is the last to flower this summer.

Some ten foreign species are used in urban landscaping in addition to the naturally occurring small-leaved lime; they all have round or broadly ovate (egg-shaped) leaves, with a roughly cordate (heart) shape and sawtooth margins.

Pärn õitseb

Lime flowering

The foreign lime species are already flowering. The small-leaved lime has just started. A large pale green bract, reminding of a wing (well visible in Arne’s photo) , is attached to the inflorescence stalk and the yellowish-green or yellowish-white flowers are arranged in a corymb.  

If only there were more of these velvety summer nights when the buzz of insects in the honey-smelling tree crowns never stops ….

There are natural forests with a majority of lime trees only on some tens of hectares. The best known is certainly the Poruni primeval forest at the Narva river.


Pärnade all

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