Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’
Native to Europe, the Littleleaf Linden or lime tree (Tilia cordata) has been cultivated from time immemorial. It is a medium sized deciduous tree with a spreading, rounded crown. The glossy, dark green leaves are heart-shaped and turn a yellowish green in autumn. It has fragrant, pale yellow flowers with tan bracts that hang below the leaves in summer, when few trees bloom. They are followed by small winged nutlets that helicopter to the ground. The bark is ridged and furrowed. A good nectar plant, this variety is a valuable food source for honey bees and butterflies. The flowers can be used to make a fragrant tea that may serve as a headache remedy.
‘Greenspire’ linden is an impressive shade tree. It will grow to be about 40 to 60 feet tall by 35 to 40 feet in spread. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more. Large branches bow as the tree ages. This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
‘Greenspire’ is the most widely selling variety of Little Leaf linden, maintaining excellent form throughout its life. Mature lindens are huge trees. They are ideally suited to landscapes with the space to accommodate their large footprint.