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Sep 16, 2013 10:39 PM

Tree leaf for ID

Hi.  We parked near a tree beside an old building in Surrey, UK, and were curious to find out what kind of tree it was...  I have taken a couple of tree ident questionaires which didn't provide an answer.  It was a big old tree and growing next to a birch - that's about all the clues I can offer really. There were neither fruit or flowers that I could see...



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    Sep 16, 2013 10:53 PM (in response to SharpCarp)
    Re: Tree leaf for ID

    I would hazard a guess at lime, Tilia (not the citrus type of lime).

    There are quite a few species, and hybrids. Some of them have leaves with more pointed tips, some with more 'bulbous' bases; but some are pretty close to the shape of yours. The venation is about right, too.


    Have a look here and see if it fits


    It includes characters not shown in your photo but which you should be able to check, eg. how the leaves are arranged on the twigs.


    Let us know what you decide!

    (And that can include 'It is not a lime!')



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    Aug 17, 2015 9:54 PM (in response to SharpCarp)
    Re: Tree leaf for ID

    I have to tell you a rather stunning irony: I today plucked a nearly-identical leaf [right down to the wonky right side and odd *tuft* on the tip] from a huge old tree in the front yard of the childhood homeplace of Mary Todd Lincoln--wife of US President Abraham Lincoln--in Lexington, KY, US!


    When I went to find out what IT was, I find listings for American Basswood--which, yes, IS a form of Tilia.


    It would be curious to me, however, if your tree was a transplant, perhaps a gift from Abe Lincoln to associates in England?


    Happy Hunting!

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