LIME-TREE, called also the Linden-tree, Tilia, is common to Europe, and attains considerable size. The wood is very light-coloured, fine and close in the grain, and when properly seasoned, it is not liable to split or warp. It is nearly or quite as soft as deal, and is used in the construction of pianofortes, harps, and other musical instruments, and for the cutting-boards for curriers, shoemakers, etc. as it does not draw or bias the knife in any direcytion of the grain,, nor injure its edge; it turns very cleanly; this wood baa recently been need for the frames of the beat japanned chain inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Lime-tree is particularly suitable for carring, from its even texture and freedom from knots: the works of Gibbons, at Windsor Castle and St, Paul's, London, are of lime-tree, which wood, as well as box-wood, was eulogised by Virgil, Georgias, book ii. ver. 449.
The Hate-tree, Tilla eurropea, is nasally divided into several specie; as T. interme.
dia, microphylla, rubra, and platyphylla.