General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 50 to 70 feet
Plant Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Flowers: Fragrant
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Pollution
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Silver Linden
  • Silver Lime

Photo Gallery

Date: c. 1800-05
illustration [as T. rotundifolia] by P. J. Redouté from Duhamel'
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-07-21
close-up of leaves with dry fruit
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-24
leaves with silver undersides, immature fruit also
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-24
three trees touching
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-24
mature trunk, though not full-sized yet
Location: Morton Arboretum
Date: July
credit: Bruce Marlin
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-01-31
full-grown tree in winter
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-24
maturing specimen in park
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-07-11
full-grown yard tree
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 10, 2018 10:49 PM concerning plant:
    Silver Linden is native to Europe and western Asia. Its leaves are 2 to 5 inches long and almost as wide. The top is dark green and fuzzy to touch and the bottom of the leaf is silver-white tomentose hairy. It is occasionally planted in landscapes, as a street tree, at shopping centers, or in sidewalk wells in the Eastern and Midwestern US, and sold at many large, diverse nurseries.

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