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Little-Leaf Linden | Plant Profile

Little-Leaf Linden (Tilia cordata) are medium to large flowering deciduous trees. They can grow to 70′ and make for excellent shade trees. They naturally have a pyramidal shape and low branches. Fragrant yellow flowers grow in drooping clusters. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and other pollinating insects.

Little-Leaf Linden prefers fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade. Little-Leaf Linden can be adaptable to both drought and urban pollution.

Little-Leaf Linden are popular choices for a wide variety of landscape applications. They can be used as shade trees or in pollinator gardens. Their tolerance of urban pollution means they can be used as street trees or in city parks. Little-Leaf Linden can be heavily pruned to create hedges or screens.


Little-Leaf Linden Characteristics

Little-Leaf Linden are large ornamental flowering shade trees that are native to Europe. The drooping yellow flowers attract many bees, butterflies and pollinators. In autumn, the leaves turn a non-showy pale yellow.

Insect and diseases can occur but are rarely fatal. The exception is verticillium wilt, which is rare but can be life-threatening. Powdery mildew, leaf spots, and canker are all possible. Borers, scale, lace bugs, caterpillars and Japanese beetles are all occasional visitors.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 7
50.00 - 70.00
35.00 - 50.00'
Bloom Time


Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?