Tilia tomentosa
Common name: 
Silver Linden
TIL-i-a to-men-TO-sa
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Deciduous tree, 50-70 ft (15-21 m) tall, dense, often with a rounded crown, erect branches.   Young shoots gray-tomentose (hairy).  Leaves alternate, simple, rounded, about 5-10 cm wide and long, abruptly pointed, base heart shaped, coarsely serrated, dark green above and gray-tomentose below.   Flowers, yellow-white, 5-10 per cluster, with a downy bract, appear in midsummer, one of the last Tilia to flower. Fruit to 8 mm, ovoid, rough, slightly ribbed.
  • Sun.  Tolerates heat and drought.  Reportedly flowers are narcotic to bees.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4.   Native to southeastern Europe, western Asia.
  • Several cultivars, including:
    • 'Brabrant' - erect, broadly conical, reportedly the foliage is aphid-resistant
    • Green Mountain® ('PNI 6051') - dense rounded form, dark green leaves, silver below
    • Sterling Silver® ('Sterling', PP6511) - symmetrical form, broad pyramid, dark green leaves with silver-gray undersides
  • Corvallis: in the "triangle" at Arnold Way, Van Buren, and 28th St.  Also along the north side of Walnut Bulivard, between Rolling Green Dr. and Garryana Dr.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: along the east side of 30th St. west of Reser Stadium.
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    fruit clusters, late summer

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