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Littleleaf Linden

Tilia cordata

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Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata) at Ron Paul Garden Centre

Littleleaf Linden

Littleleaf Linden

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Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata) at Ron Paul Garden Centre

Littleleaf Linden flowers

Littleleaf Linden flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Lime, Smallleaf Lime

Description:

One of the very best lawn trees for home landscapes, forming a tight pyramid throughout life, with highly fragrant yellow flowers in early summer when few trees bloom; excellent size for small properties or as a street tree, hardy and adaptable

Ornamental Features

Littleleaf Linden features subtle clusters of fragrant yellow flowers with tan bracts hanging below the branches in early summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Littleleaf Linden is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Littleleaf Linden is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Littleleaf Linden will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features