Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
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
Deciduous
Flowers: Fragrant
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Pollution
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

close-up of leaves with dry fruit

Photo gallery:
Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-21close-up of leaves with dry fruit
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24three trees touching
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24mature trunk, though not full-sized yet
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24leaves with silver undersides, immature fruit also
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-01-31full-grown tree in winter
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-11full-grown yard tree
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24maturing specimen in park
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 10, 2018 10:49 PM

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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