Very fragrant tree with early summer blooms

w1ldflower(5)July 26, 2014

This tree has been planted heavily around my neighborhood and city. It is a fairly large sized tree with the strongest sweet fragrance that fills the air in early summer. It has distinctly yellow leaves or sepals where ever the flower clusters are produced. Anyone know what it is? Thanks!

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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Linden.

45 years ago (how could I be so old?) my parents bought a new house in the Chicago suburbs. They planted a number of Little-leaf lindens, which at that time was recommended as a tree which could tolerate pollution well -- and there was quite a bit of pollution in the Chicago area at the time.

In Britain linden is called "lime." The "lime alleys" of stately homes are actually lindens.

An herbal tea is made from the flowers.

This post was edited by missingtheobvious on Sat, Jul 26, 14 at 11:31

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:21AM
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thedecoguy

Botanical name Tilia.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:38AM
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suemcwirraluk

English name is lyme rather than lime.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:41AM
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w1ldflower(5)

Well, that would also explain the wide use in this area, home of General Electric and in the proximity of the Mohawk/Hudson rivers which have been subjected to PCB contamination by them. It is a wonderfully potent scent and I am interested to see what the herbal tea is like. I thank you kindly for your help and the interesting background information! Enjoy your weekend!

Oh and by the way, the first picture you posted in the carnivorous plants heading, strikes me as a thick-leaved sundew. No, clue on the second, but if you strike out here, there are a number of Facebook pages with a concentration on Australian flora that may be able to assist you.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:55AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

"English name is lyme rather than lime." Actually, suemc, it's not. Google it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lime trees

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 3:25PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Well, that would also explain the wide use in this area, home of General Electric and in the proximity of the Mohawk/Hudson rivers which have been subjected to PCB contamination by them.

Sorry, I should have specified that I was speaking of the linden's ability to cope with air pollution.

This post was edited by missingtheobvious on Sat, Jul 26, 14 at 23:22

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 8:56PM
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