Tilia sibirica - Siberian lime (linden)

The exact scientific position of this species within the limes remains unclear, growing naturally as it does eastwards into Eurasia in continuation of the range of the European or common lime (Tilia cordata), which extends almost as far as Tomsk. According to Russian sources it is a separate species from the common lime.

Siberian lime forests differ from those of the common lime, as they grow in the wettest area of Siberia. Annual precipitation can exceed 1800mm with snow cover over 2m, which prevents the ground freezing at all. This means that the autumn leaf fall has rotted completely by spring. The trees are slender, with no branches till quite high up the trunk, but the leaves of the crown are troubled by some kind of rust, probably due to standing water. This is unlikely to be a problem in Finland due to the drier conditions.

At Mustila there are several small groups of young Siberian lime and also a small plantation, which can be found at the north-eastern edge of Pohjoisrinne (Northern Slope). They have grown well even on clay, but best in rich soil on the slopes.


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