This deciduous, medium to large tree reaches a height of 25 to 30 metres. The bark is greyish and finely cracked, but broken by prominent bosses. The leaves are heart-shaped with a short tip, green and shiny above and light green on the undersides. The individual flowers are light yellow or creamy and are arranged in loose, drooping clusters. Flowers usually appear in early June and attract bees. The fruits are smooth and rounded, cream in colour, and fall from the tree in clusters hanging from a “wing”.
The small-leaved lime is a widespread, native European tree. It is usually found in mixed broad-leaved woods and floodplain forests.