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Tilia tomentosa (Silver Linden)

Silver Linden, Silver Lime, European White Lime, White Lime, Tilia alba, Tilia argentea


Shimmering with each little breeze, Tilia tomentosa (Silver Linden) is a large deciduous tree of usually broadly pyramidal habit adorned with erect branches clothed in rounded, sharply-toothed leaves, 2-5 in. long (5-12 cm), glossy green above and silvery-white beneath. The fuzzy undersides make the tree sparkle when the breeze stirs the leaves, creating a beautiful two-toned effect. In early to midsummer, small, fragrant creamy-white flowers are borne in drooping cymes. Rich in nectar, they are highly attractive to bees. The blossoms are followed by small nutlets that ripen in late summer. The foliage turns yellow in the fall before dropping to the ground. The bark is smooth, light gray bark to silver-gray and very attractive in the winter months. Less troubled by Japanese beetles or aphids, Silver Linden is a beautiful shade, street or lawn tree.

  • Grows up to 50-70 ft. tall (15-21 m) and 30-50 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..
  • Propagate by seed, layering, grafting or chip-budding onto a suitable rootstock.
  • Native from southeast Europe to Asia Minor.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
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 30' – 50' (9m – 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
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
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 4 – 7
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
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 30' – 50' (9m – 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
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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