Silver Linden Tree Seeds - 8 Seeds -  A rapid growing, dense shade tree suitable for all locations. Easy to grow, with minimal maintenance

Silver Linden Tree Seeds - 8 Seeds - A rapid growing, dense shade tree suitable for all locations. Easy to grow, with minimal maintenance

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Silver Linden - 8 Seeds
Tilia tomentosa
Silver Basswood, Silver Linden Tree, Lime Tree

Description: Lindens are some of the best shade trees and are ideally suited to home situations. Small, yellowish summer flowers are not showy, but are highly fragrant. Small, round seeds hang on an interesting leafy bract and persist well into winter. Large tree with long trunk and a dense crown of many small, often drooping branches and large leaves; frequently has two or more trunks, and sprouts in a circle from a stump.
USDA Zone: 4b – 9a
Height: 60-100' (18-30 m).
Diameter: 2-3' (0.6-0.9 m).
Leaves: In 2 rows; 3-6" (7.5-15 cm) long and almost as wide. Broadly ovate or rounded; long-pointed at tip; notched at base; coarsely saw-toothed; palmately veined; long slender leafstalks. Shiny dark green above, light green and nearly hairless with tufts of hairs in vein angles beneath; turning pale yellow or brown in autumn.
Bark: Dark gray; smooth, becoming furrowed into narrow scaly ridges.
Twigs: Reddish or green, slender, slightly zigzag, hairless.
Flowers: 1/2-5/8" (12-15 mm) wide; with 5 yellowish-white petals; fragrant; in long-stalked clusters hanging from middle of leafy greenish bract; in early summer.
Fruit: 3/8" (10 mm) in diameter; nutlike, elliptical or rounded, gray, covered with fine hairs; hard; 1-2 seeds; maturing in late summer and autumn, often persisting into winter.
Habit and Form: Shape is oval to irregular; branching is spreading, arching or irregular; grow to around 70' tall; a medium to large deciduous tree; trunks are usually quite straight
Summer Foliage: Deciduous; alternate leaf arrangement; 4" to 8" long; broad heart shape; cordate or oblique leaf base; short acuminate tip; serrate margin; dark green above, pale green or silvery underneath
Autumn Foliage: Medium color - green or yellowish; late season foliage can develop a brown cast
Usage: Silver basswood is a fine shade and street tree, although it is not used as much as the European and Asian lindens, which are a little smaller and more tolerant of urban conditions. This is a large tree, but well suited for parks and golf courses.
Light: Prefers partial shade to full sunlight, will work very well in direct sunlight, and does not need to be shaded during stages of growth.
Moisture: Wet, moist, or dry depending on soil type
Soil Type: Sandy or deep loam, will tolerate clay soils, it amended with compost of other aerator material
pH Range: 4.3 to 7.7
Range: SE. Manitoba east to SW. New Brunswick and Maine, south to W. North Carolina, and west to NE. Oklahoma; to 3200' (975 m).
Propagation: Seed is the most common method. Started in a greenhouse or cold frame 4 weeks prior to last frost. Or sown directly into permanent location. Prefers moist soil and good sunlight. pre-treatment including cold stratification and acid scarification. If you just plant some fresh seeds in pots or in the ground and leave them outdoors, they will readily germinate in 2 – 4 months time.
Discussion: Silver Basswood, the northernmost basswood species, is a handsome shade and street tree. When flowering, the trees are full of bees, hence the name "Bee-tree"; this species is favored by bees over others and produces a strongly flavored honey. The soft, light wood is especially useful for making food boxes, yardsticks, furniture, and pulpwood. Indians made ropes and woven mats from the tough fibrous inner bark.

Materials: 8 Silver Linden Tree Seeds