Common Name: littleleaf linden
Hardiness Zone: 3 to 7
Height: 50 to 70 ft
Width: 35 to 50
Description: This European native species is now commonly used in the United States as a shade tree. While it normally grows to around 70 feet tall, it does occasionally reach heights of up to 100 feet in the right settings. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers moist, well-drained soils, though it is fairly tolerant of drought conditions. In June, small white flowers will appear adding excellent aesthetic value. In full bloom, Tilia cordata becomes a favorite of honey bees. Eventually, the flowers give way to small green to yellowish-green nutlets.
The combination of its dense, pyramidal form, attractive foliage, and tolerance to urban stressors makes it ideal for use as an ornamental in an urban setting.The ability of littleleaf linden to withstand extremely heavy amounts of pruning is another aspect that makes it quite versatile as an urban tree. If pruned correctly, this species may be grown as a hedge, something uncommon in most trees of this size.