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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)

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Zones 4 - 7
Zones 4 - 7

Hardiness Zones: 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:
The Silver Linden falls into the following type(s): 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.

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More Info

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.