Linden, Silver Tilia tomentosa
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)Pricing Information
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Hardiness Zones 4 - 7The Silver Linden can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeOrnamental Trees, Shade Trees
Mature HeightThe Silver Linden grows to be 50' - 70' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Silver Linden has a spread of about 25' - 35' at full maturity.
SunThis linden does well in full sun.
SoilThe Silver Linden grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
ShapeThis linden has oval, pyramidal, rounded shape.
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.
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)
Silver linden flowers are highly attractive to bees.
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".
Prefers moist soil conditions but has moderate drought resistance.
This tree's leaves alternate, simple, 3 to 4 inches long. Dark green on top with silver underside and yellow autumn color.
Yellow-white flowers with a pleasant fragrance. Very attractive to bees.
Late June to early July.
The fruit is oval, 1/3 inch diameter, tan color.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.