Tilia tomentosa (Silver Linden) is a deciduous tree belonging to the Tiliaceae family. Silver Linden is a medium to large-sized tree that typically grows to a height of 20 to 35 meters (65 to 115 feet). It has a rounded crown and a straight trunk. The foliage consists of heart-shaped leaves that are dark green on the upper side and silvery-white or grayish-white on the underside, giving the tree its name. In summer, the tree produces small, fragrant, pale yellow flowers that attract bees and other pollinators.
Native Habitat: Silver Linden is native to southeastern Europe, specifically regions such as the Balkans and parts of Central Europe. It is also cultivated in other parts of the world as an ornamental tree.
Cultivation: Due to its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and tolerance to urban conditions, Silver Linden is commonly cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks, gardens, and along streets. It prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade.
Characteristics: The leaves of Silver Linden are alternate, simple, and serrated along the edges. The silvery-white undersides of the leaves create a striking visual effect when the breeze moves through the tree. The bark of mature trees is grayish-brown and develops deep furrows with age.
Environmental Role: Silver Linden provides shade and shelter for various bird species and small mammals. The fragrant flowers attract pollinators, such as bees, which aid in the pollination of nearby plants. The tree's nectar can be a source of honey production.
Uses: In addition to its ornamental value, Silver Linden has traditional and cultural uses. The flowers are sometimes used to make herbal teas or infusions believed to have calming and soothing effects. The wood of Silver Linden is light and not commonly used for commercial purposes.
Conservation Status: Silver Linden is not currently considered a threatened species. However, as with any tree species, habitat loss and deforestation can pose challenges to its long-term sustainability. Conservation efforts and sustainable cultivation practices help maintain healthy populations.
Botanical Name : Tilia tomentosa
Common Name : Silver Linden
Height : 50- 70 ft
Spread : 25 – 35 ft
Germination Info : Seed requires scarification prior to sowing, requires 90 days cold moist stratification
Hardiness zone : 4-7
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 263