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Little-leaf Linden


March 11, 2016 - <>

Tilia cordata shape

Tilia cordata

  • Height: 50’ - 70’
  • Spread: 35’ - 50’
  • Site characteristics: Full sun; moist, well-drained soils; tolerant of alkaline soils; tolerates urban conditions.
  • Zone: 4 - 7
  • Native range: Europe
  • pH: 5.0 - 8.5
  • Shape: Dense, low-branched, pyramidal to ovate
  • Foliage: Dark, shiny green in summer; yellow-green to yellow in fall
  • Other: Fragrant, pale yellow flowers in spring
  • Additional: Chancellor (‘Chancole’) – fast growing, narrow in youth and becoming tightly pyramidal with age; 20-30’ wide, symmetrical, upward branching with good branch angles and straight trunk; dense, gold-yellow fall color. Corinthian (‘Corzam’) – narrowly pyramidal, compact, 15-25’ wide, straight central leader, uniform limb spacing, straight trunk, foliage smaller, thicker, glossier, and reportedly more blue-green. ‘Glenleven’ – reportedly very cold hardy, fast growing, pyramidal to narrow-oval, straight trunk, symmetrical branching, larger leaves, less dense than some other cultivars. Greenspire – Zone 4, pyramidal to broad-oval, strong central leader, symmetrical branching habit. Shamrock (‘Baileyi’) – Zone 4, broadly pyramidal, more vigorous and more open habit than Greenspire, symmetrical branching at an early age.
  • Pests: Japanese beetles are the principle pest

Little-leaf Linden Little-leaf Linden fruit Tilia cordata
Photos: Bert Cregg, MSU (left), and Jesse Saylor, MSU (middle and right).

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