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TILIA x flavescens
Hybrid Linden, Linden
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Glossy dark green leaves that have a heart shape is a noticeable characteristic of the hybrid linden, as is the sweet odor of its late spring flowers. A hybrid deciduous tree, it is the result of the cross of American basswood (Tilia americana) with the little-leaf linden (Tilia cordata). Its smooth, dark gray bark is stately and muscular.
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 bright yellow but after a frost will become brown.
Grow hybrid 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. It is best protected from moderate droughts or worse. Use this relatively quick 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. Cultivar 'Glenleven' is known for its fast growth and strong central lead trunk.
8 - 1
2 - 7
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
40'-50' / 12.2m - 15.2m
30'-35' / 9.1m - 10.7m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall
Light Yellow, Ivory
Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees
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