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Tilia tomentosa

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Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa) at Hicks Nurseries

Silver Linden

Silver Linden

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Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa) at Hicks Nurseries

Silver Linden foliage

Silver Linden foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A large ornamental shade tree featuring an oval-pyramid habit of growth and fragrant flowers in early summer; leaves have a silvery backside which shimmers in the wind, very attractive; a neat and tidy tree, very adaptable, best for larger landscapes

Ornamental Features

Silver Linden has attractive forest green foliage with gray undersides throughout the season. The fuzzy heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding gold in the fall. It features subtle clusters of fragrant yellow flowers with tan bracts hanging below the branches in early summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Linden is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Silver Linden is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Silver Linden will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features