Large-leaved Lime (Tilia platyphyllos) forms a large canopy with delicate branches carrying nicely heart-shaped leaves and sweet-smelling flowers. This tree is a native of southern Europe, from France and Spain east to Crimea. Large-leaved lime may grow up to 30 m tall in warm temperate areas, but is much smaller when grown in northern gardens such as here in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The Common Lime (Tilia x europaea) is a deciduous tree, thought to be a hybrid between Large-leaved lime and Small-leaved Lime (Tilia cordata), a northerly Linden tree native to northern Europe and extending further south. Common Lime grows in gardens in Iceland where conditions are good. This tree species may grow as tall as 36 m in warmer countries, but is often prone to pests such as aphids.