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TILIA x euchlora
Caucasian Lime, Crimean Linden
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Glossy dark green leaves that are heart-shaped with bristle-tooth edges are notable characteristic of the crimean linden, as is the sweet odor of its late spring flowers. A hybrid deciduous tree, it is the result of a mid-19th century cross of little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata) with the big-leaf linden (Tilia dasystyla). Its smooth, dark gray bark is stately and muscular and forms a pyramid-like tree that also is slightly rounded.
The dark glossy green leaves are shaped like a heart and collectively make a coarse-textured tree. In late spring or early summer, pendent branched clusters of fragrant, small pale yellow flowers appear and are visited by honeybees. The fruits that ensue are small and oval, olive-green to tan. In autumn the leaves turn modestly yellow-green but after a hard frost will become brown.
Grow crimean linden in full sun exposures in deep, soils that are moist but well-drained. Neutral or alkaline soils are ideal, but slightly acidic ground is tolerated. This hybrid has good tolerance of air pollution, salt and wind. Use this fast-growing tree for shade or to line a street. Watch for seedlings that sprout from the seeds; the fallen seeds can be a bit hazardous if they mass on a walkway. Suckering shoots from the trunk base should be pruned off on a regular basis. Cultivar 'Lindenhurst' is a single-trunked selection that attains a broader pyramidal shape.
7 - 1
3 - 7
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Full Sun, Partial Sun
40'-60' / 12.2m - 18.3m
20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Light Yellow, Ivory
Olive, Sandy Brown
Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees
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