October 2020 – Tilia mongolica

October 2020 has, as its Plant of the Month, Tilia mongolica. This is of the family Malvaceae and originates in China and Mongolia. It is rarely grown in gardens but is shown here in the Lovell Quinta Arboretum in its autumn colours. It grows up to 12m in height with a spread of 8m. It can be planted in any aspect and almost any moist, free-draining soil. It has fragrant flowers and winged seeds.