This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol4", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
The Common Lime (T. vulgaris - also known as T. europoea) is a fine ornamental tree largely used for streets and for making avenues in large gardens and parks. There is a variegated form having creamy-white blotches on the leaves. Thousands of the common form are raised annually in some nurseries. T. platyphyllos has very large leaves and grows up to 90 ft,high. It flowers before T. vulgaris. T. petiolaris is a fine Crimean tree with drooping branches, and leaves silvery white and downy beneath, as in the White or Silver Lime (T. argentea). The American Lime, Bass wood, or White wood (T. americana) attains a height of 70 ft., and has many varieties, one called mississippi-ensis having leaves about 1 ft. long.