The leaves of Small leaved lime are heart-shaped, dark green, firm and the margin is finely serrated. On the leaf underside the leaf veins have brown tufts of hairs.
The yellow flowers form 7-11 cm (2.8 - 4.3 in) long cymes. The flowers smell strongly.
The fruits are brownish spherical nutlets.
The branches are olive green to reddish provided with lenticels. The buds are red-brown pointed with two unequal bud scales.
single tree or planting in groups, parks