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Tilia cordata
Tilia cordata

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Zone
Zones 1-17, 32-43
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Tilia cordata

Little-leaf Linden
Tiliaceae
Deciduous, Trees

TILIA

Dense trees with stately good looks and moderate growth rate. All have irregularly heart-shaped leaves and small, fragrant, yellowish-white flowers in drooping clusters in late spring, early summer. Flowers develop into nutlets, each with an attached papery bract. In cold-winter areas, fall color varies from negligible to good yellow. 

Best in deep, rich, moist soil. Young trees need shaping, older ones only corrective pruning. Aphids can cause honeydew, which drips disagreeably and encourages sooty mold.

Tilia cordata
Tilia cordata

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Tilia cordata

From Europe. Dense pyramid to 30–50 ft. tall and 15–30 ft. wide. Leaves are 1/2–3 in. long and as wide (or wider), dark green above, silvery beneath. Excellent lawn or street tree. Given room to develop its crown, it can be a fine patio shade tree (but expect bees in flowering season). Can be sheared into hedges. Very tolerant of city conditions.

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