It’s generally called a Lime tree. Additional names include Linden for the European species and Basswood for North American species. Linden trees produce soft and quickly worked timber. Limewood is the material of preference for window blinds and shutters. Real-wood blinds are usually made from this lightweight but durable and stable wood, which is entirely suited to natural and stained finishes.

Basswood timber

European Lime timber

Linden timber

Linden timber endgrain

linden sawn timber

Common Name: European Lime, Common Lime, Common Linden

Latin Names: Tilia x Europaea

( syn. T. vulgaris ; hybrid of Tilia platyphyllos and T. cordata;)

Tree Size: 20-40 m tall, 1.5-2 m trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 535 kg/m3

Janka Hardness: 3,100 N

Common Uses: veneer, plywood, carvings,cutting boards, hat racks, musical instruments, and turned objects.

Comments: Species in the Tilia genus are normally referred to as either Lime or Linden in Europe, while in the USA the wood is most usually called Basswood. They are irrelevant to the lime fruit in the Citrus genus. European Lime has excellent strength-to-weight characteristics and tends to be slightly heavier and harder than its American counterpart.

Workability: Simple to work, being very soft and light, though sharp cutters must be used during planing or other shaping operations to bypass fuzzy surfaces. Perhaps one of the most proper wood species for hand carving. European Lime also glues and finishes well.