Grown for its handsome foliage that flutters and flashes with the slightest breeze, this medium to large deciduous tree is also valued for its symmetrical habit and its fragrant summer flowers. It is native to Southwest Asia and Southeast Europe.
The rich green, glossy, heart-shaped leaves of this hardy tree have fuzzy, silvery-gray undersides that shimmer as they turn in the wind. In early summer, clusters of small fragrant creamy-white blossoms dangle from the branches, yielding nectar that attracts (and intoxicates) bees. Each flower cluster has a conspicuous wing-like bract at its base. Small, beige, ovoid fruits follow the blooms. In autumn the foliage becomes greenish yellow. This oval to pyramidal tree has smooth silver-gray gray bark that becomes furrowed and gray-brown with age.
Silver linden prospers in full to partial sun and fertile, deep, humus-rich soil. Established specimens are drought-, heat-, and pollution-tolerant. This beautiful linden is an ideal shade tree for parks, large yards, and sidewalks. It can also be used in allées and sheared hedgerows. (source:learn2grow.com)
Genus - Tilia
Species - Tomentosa
Common name - Silver Linden
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 60'-90' / 18.3m - 27.4m
Spread - 35'-65' / 10.7m - 19.8m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Loam, well drained
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average water
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Hedges, Shade Trees, Street Trees
Germination rate - 81%
Bloom season - Early summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Silver / White-ivory
|Germination||1. Soak in very warm (~+40-45C) water for 24 hours.|
2. Cold stratify for 90 days.
3. Ssow seed 1/2" (size of the seed) deep, keep the soil moist, in partial shade
The seeds can be sown outdoors in the fall or teh beginning of winter for natural stratification and spring germination.