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Tilia cordata/Littleleaf Linden

Tilia cordata / Tilia cordata
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Flowers of little ornamental value hanging among the foliage on long stems

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Young spring foliage

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Excellent lawn tree

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A variegated form of the Littleleaf Linden in the Vatican Gardens in Rome, Itlay

A lawn specimen of the variegated Littleleaf Linden in the Vatican Gardens in Rome, Italy

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Scientific Name: Tilia cordata
Common Name: Littleleaf Linden
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White, Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: As with the other basswoods, this one produces a pyramidal form as a young tree. The heart shaped leaves are dark green and shiny during the growing season. This tree grows best in a fertile, well drained soil in full sunlight although this baswood, as most, is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions. It does well as a shade tree under city conditions. There are several special cultivars that may be better than the regular species. This linden cannot tolerate the hot humid conditions of the Lower South.