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Cultural Details for Tilia cordata

Common Name:
Littleleaf Linden, Small-leaved-lime

Growth Rate:
Medium, 10-15' over a 5 year period.

Average Mature Height:
60-70', can grow to 80-90'

Average Mature Width:
50-66% of height in spread.

Flower Details:
Yellowish, fragrant, borne 5-7 flowered, pendulous 2-3" wide cymes, June - July.

Fruit Details:
Glubose nutlet, thin-shelled, slightly or not ridged, covered with a gray pubescence. glabrous.

Fall Color:
Yellow to yellow-green.

Bark Details:
Gray-brown, ridged and furrowed on older trunks.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Aphids and Japanese beetles are often a problem.

Native Habitat:
native to Europe and has been planted as a shade tree since ancient times.

Other Features:
Excellent shade tree for lawns, large areas, streets and about anyplace a real quality tree is desired.

Culture and Care:
Transplants readily, prefers deep, moist, well-drained, fertile soils in full sun. pH adaptable, found on lime-stone in wild. Zones 3b-7

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1496, 8587

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.