Lime is not native to Ireland but has been estabilished for a longtime and become part of the landscape in many parts. It is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading or rounded crown, and glossy dark green, heart-shaped leaves to 8cm in length, turning yellow in autumn. Small, fragrant creamy-white flowers are borne in spreading clusters in summer, that can be used for making herbal teas and are also loved by the bees. It can get sticky under the tree in summer and so not a good choice for places where cars will be parked. Lime wood is sometimes known as basswood and is very good for wood carving. The bark was tradionally used for making string.