Silver Linden

Tilia tomentosa

Tilia tomentosa

  • Height: 50’ - 70’
  • Spread: 30’ - 50’
  • Site characteristics: Moist, deep, fertile, well-drained soils; full sun to partial shade; very site adaptable
  • Zone: 4 - 7
  • Wet/dry: Tolerates drought
  • Native range: Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia
  • pH: 5.0 - 8.5
  • Shape: Pyramidal with dense, coarse foliage
  • Foliage: Glossy green with silvery-white color on the underside of the leaf
  • Other: Tolerates heat and drought better than T. cordata; tolerates urban sites, heat, drought and pollution; able to prune into a hedge
  • Cultivars: Green Mountain (‘PNI 6051’) – fast growing, symmetrical, dense canopy. Satin Shadow (‘Sashazam’) – possibly more cold hardy, symmetrical, reportedly resistant to Japanese beetles. Sterling Silver (also listed as ‘Sterling’) – dense canopy, resistant to Japanese beetles and gypsy moths.
  • Pests: Reportedly less susceptible to Japanese beetles than other lindens due to the soft, downy hairs on the underside of the leaves. No serious pests or disease problems.

Silver Linden Silver linden leaves Tilia tomentosa
Photos: Jesse Saylor, MSU

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