Hello all, I would like to plant a Tilia cordata with the intention of harvesting the flowers for tea (my top favorite herbal tea!). I've read that Linden is well suited to coppice, but cannot find much practical information about the process. Has anyone actually DONE this? Or do we all just talk about what we have read?
My primary question is-- If coppiced regularly, will it still flower???
Secondary question is about the process and schedule of coppicing. How big will it get on what cutting schedule? Can I treat it like a large shrub, cutting back just the oldest trunks once every few years?
Thanks for sharing your experiences!
This article suggests that Lime is usually coppiced on a 25-30 year rotation although I imagine that could be coppiced at a more frequent interval and still product leaves.
Coppicing is a simple process, especially if the tree is relatively small. Once the tree has reached the desired size/age, cut the stem/s low to the ground (1-2") while the tree is dormant. From the following spring the tree will produce multiple shoots. These may need protecting from grazing animals and livestock.
There's a loads of books on coppicing and a fair amount of info on Youtube. Ben Law has written some excellent books on the subject and is a professional coppice worker himself.
"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
I am confused as to why you would want to limit the number of flowers available for harvest if tea is the objective of growing this tree species.
Coppicing is generally used for a forestry management tool or for wood lot management with fire wood being the harvest from the trees.
I coppice some of my hickory trees to make sure I will always have plenty of thick branches for smoking meats.
Pruning is the term used for shaping a tree, bush or shrub where the objective is either privacy or flowering and shape of the plant.
Since this tree species will produce plenty of flowers when properly pruned to promote branching, why would you want to remove trunks on a regular basis?