Tilia cordata
Common name: 
Littleleaf Linden
Pronunciation: 
TIL-i-a kor-DA-ta
Family: 
Tiliaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous tree, 60-70 ft (18-21 m), pyramidal when young, then upright-oval to pyramidal-rounded.  Bark gray-brown.  Leaves alternate, simple, somewhat circular in outline, 4-10 cm long, cordate (heart-shaped), finely serrated, somewhat glossy above, paler and glabrous beneath except for axillary tufts of brown hairs, fall color is often yellow-green.  Flowers produced in late June or early July, 5-7 per pendulous cluster, floral bract is 4-9 cm long.  Globose fruit, slightly or not ridged, covered with gray pubescence, finally glabrous.
  • Sun. Tolerates pollution.  Used as a street tree for centuries.   Can be pruned into a hedge.  A number of cultivars.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (3) 4      Native to Europe.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: southeast corner USDA Forage Seed Lab on Campus Way (near 30th St.).
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    plant habit, spring and summer

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    leaves and developing flowers

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    leaves and fruit

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    leaves, comparison

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    plant habit, winter

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    winter, floral bracts and fruit

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