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Plot with hollow lime tree (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

maple

'tree' is the definition.
(maple is a kind of tree)

'plot with hollow lime' is the wordplay.
'plot' becomes 'map' ('map' can be a synonym of 'plot'**).
'with' says to put letters next to each other.
'hollow' says to hollow out the word (remove centre letters).
'lime' with its middle taken out is 'le'.
'map'+'le'='MAPLE'

(Other definitions for maple that I've seen before include "Tree yielding syrup", "plant", "Canadian flag leaf", "----- leaf: symbol of Canada", "Source of syrup".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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