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Linden, Silver Tilia tomentosa

Silver Linden - Tilia tomentosa
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Beautiful shade tree with light gray, smooth bark and leaves that are a dark, radiant green on top, shimmering silver beneath. Extremely fragrant clusters of yellow-white flowers bloom in late June to early July. Pollution tolerant. Likes moist, well-drained alkaline soil and full sun. Grows 50 to 70' with a 25 to 35' spread. (Zones 4-7)

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Zones 4 - 7 Zones 4 - 7
Hardiness Zones 4 - 7
The Silver Linden can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Ornamental Tree Ornamental Tree
Type of tree
Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
50' - 70' High 50' - 70' High
Mature Height
The Silver Linden grows to be 50' - 70' feet in height.
25' - 35' Spread 25' - 35' Spread
Mature Spread
The Silver Linden has a spread of about 25' - 35' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This linden does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Silver Linden grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
Oval Shape Oval Shape
Shape
This linden has oval, pyramidal, rounded shape.
Attributes

This attractive shade tree has eye-catching foliage, especially when viewed from underneath the silvery leaves in the summer. It is one of the more rapid growing shade trees. Popular as a city tree, it has good heat and drought resistance and few pests.

Description

Beautiful shade tree with light gray, smooth bark and leaves that are a dark, radiant green on top, shimmering silver beneath. Extremely fragrant clusters of yellow-white flowers bloom in late June to early July. Pollution tolerant. Likes moist, well-drained alkaline soil and full sun. Grows 50 to 70' with a 25 to 35' spread. (Zones 4-7)

Wildlife Value

Silver linden flowers are highly attractive to bees.

History/Lore/Use

A native of Europe and western Asia, the Silver Linden was introduced to America in 1767. In France, the blossoms of the Linden tree are used to make a popular tea known as "Tilleul".

Moisture

Prefers moist soil conditions but has moderate drought resistance.

Leaves

This tree's leaves alternate, simple, 3 to 4 inches long. Dark green on top with silver underside and yellow autumn color.

Flower Color

Yellow-white flowers with a pleasant fragrance. Very attractive to bees.

Bloom Time

Late June to early July.

Fruit Description

The fruit is oval, 1/3 inch diameter, tan color.