Friday, January 26, 2018
Littleleaf Linden - Tilia cordata
The Littleleaf Linden is found commonly in the United States though it is actually native to Europe. it is used frequently as a street tree or in park settings throughout the United States. it has a pleasing shape, dense canopy and very fragrant flowers. At maturity it can reach heights of 50-60 feet tall with a spread of up to 40 feet. Growing at a medium rate it can grow 12-24 inches in a single year. It grows best in full sun or partial shade in acidic, alkaline, moist, sandy or clay soils. It does not do well in extremely wet or dry conditions.
Image Citation: Richard Webb, Bugwood.org
The blooms appear in the summer later in the season when most other trees have finished. they flowers hang on a long stalk with an attached wing like leaf. The flowers are a great source of nectar and pollen for bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. The fruits are 1/4 inch in diameter.
The leaves are heart shaped and lopsided at the base. Leaf sizes vary from 2-3 inches long with a slightly saw toothed margin. The color of the leaves range from light green to a deeper glossy green, shifting to yellow in the fall season.
The soft wood cavities provide ideal nesting sites for birds that prefer cavity dwelling. The wood is considered a soft wood and does not have any significant value in the lumber market.
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