tilia linden greenspire

Tilia Linden Greenspire Cordata – Little Leaf

Tilia Linden Greenspire in fall

As the common name suggests, this variety of Linden has small dark green leaves turning yellow in fall. Like all Linden trees, they produce fragrant yellow flowers from May to July which are loved by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. They are low maintenance. Their straight trunk habit makes them suitable for pathways and along roadsides.

This cultivar thrives in temperate climates and is adaptable to a range of soil types, preferring well-drained, loamy soil. It pairs well with shrubs like viburnum, hydrangea, and flowering perennials such as astilbe, hosta, and ferns. Its moderate growth rate and upright habit make it suitable for creating a structured backdrop or providing shade in mixed border plantings.

Tilia Linden ‘Greenspire’ is characterized by its heart-shaped, dark green leaves that turn a vibrant yellow in the fall, adding seasonal interest to the landscape. The fragrant, pale yellow flowers appear in early summer, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies. These blooms give way to small, nut-like fruits that are not particularly showy but provide food for birds and other wildlife.

Known for its strong, straight trunk and symmetrical crown, ‘Greenspire’ maintains a tidy appearance with minimal maintenance. It is relatively drought-tolerant once established, though regular watering during prolonged dry spells is beneficial, especially for younger trees. A layer of mulch around the base helps conserve soil moisture and suppresses weeds.

The growth rate is medium at about 1 foot per year until maturity.

Height: 40′ – 50′

Width: 30′ – 35′

Exposure: Full sun.

Fruit / Flower: Nutlett. Yellow.

Fall Color: Yellow.

Water: Medium. Drought tolerant.

Fertilizer: Use a general fertilizer like 10-10-10 once a year.

Pruning: Little to none is required.

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Tilia linden Greenspire in flower.
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