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.
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Genus - Tilia
Species - Tomentosa
Common name - Silver Linden
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 9
Height - 60'-90' / 18 - 27 m
Spread - 35'-65' / 10 - 20 m
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
Bloom season - Early summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Silver / White-ivory
1. Soak the seeds for a few hours in warm water.
2. Mix the seeds with moist vermiculite or sterile sand, place in the zip-bag. Close it and gently shake to distribute the seeds through the starting medium.
3. Place the bag in the refrigerator at +2-+7C (34-41F). The vegetable crisper works nicely for this!
4. Check on your seeds every two weeks. Add a bit of water if needed (but only to moisten). If any seeds begin to mold, remove them.
Generally, the seeds should be planted after 90 days of cold and moist stratification. But if the seeds start to show signs of germination (little sprouts), then remove them from the refrigerator and plant.
The seeds should be planted indoors in a seed tray or individual containers. Plant at a depth of the seed size. Keep the seedlings watered regularly – moist, but not wet. Set them in partial sunlight.
After the last frost in your area, you can transplant the seedlings outside. Be sure to pay close attention to your little trees especially during the first two years – watering regularly and protecting them from mowers and wildlife. (info source: spsmw.org).
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