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The Malmvik Lime: An Historical and Biological Analysis of the Oldest Documented Planting of Common Lime (Tilia x Europaea L.) in Sweden

Rune Bengtsson
Garden History
Vol. 32, No. 2 (Winter, 2004), pp. 188-196
Published by: Garden History Society
DOI: 10.2307/4150380
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4150380
Page Count: 9
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The Malmvik Lime: An Historical and Biological Analysis of the Oldest Documented Planting of Common Lime (Tilia x Europaea L.) in Sweden
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Abstract

In 1618, a lime sapling was brought from the Netherlands and planted in the courtyard of what is now known as Malmvik Manor, near Stockholm. The sapling grew into a formidable tree and has become one of the best known trees in Sweden. In 1999, the last part of the tree fell in a storm and no shoots developed from the remaining stump. However, in 2002, a lime sapling propagated from the original tree was planted at Malmvik. The Malmvik lime was of a rare type of common lime. By comparing information from historical references with the biological characteristics of this particular type of lime, it has been possible to chart the growth and development of the Malmvik specimen from when it was planted in 1618 until it died in 1999.

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