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Tilia cordata (Littleleaf Linden)

Littleleaf Linden, Little-Leaf Linden, Small Leaf Lime Tree, Small-Leaved Lime


Long-lived, Tilia cordata (Littleleaf Linden) is a large deciduous tree of pyramidal habit in youth, becoming pyramidal-rounded with age. Densely branched, it is clothed in glossy, heart-shaped, dark green leaves, up to 3 in. long (7cm), turning yellow in the fall. In early summer, small, fragrant creamy-white flowers are borne in spreading clusters. Rich in nectar, they are highly attractive to bees. Hives placed around flowering trees yield a prized fragrant honey. The blossoms are followed by small nutlets that ripen in late summer. A first-rate shade, street or lawn tree. Grow as free standing specimens or as avenue trees. Tolerant of heavy pruning, Littleleaf Linden may be grown as a hedge.

  • Grows up to 50-70 ft. tall (15-21 m) and 35-50 ft. wide (9-15 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained loams.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, horse chestnut scale, caterpillars, sawflies, gall mites and phytophthora root diseases.
  • Native to Europe, southwestern Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Tilia - Lindens
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 50' – 70' (15m – 21m)
Spread 35' – 50' (10.5m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Tilia - Lindens
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 50' – 70' (15m – 21m)
Spread 35' – 50' (10.5m – 15m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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