Searching little leaf linden trees? Tilia cordata, known commonly as the small-leaved lime, littleleaf linden, and greenspire, is native to most of Europe and into Western Asia. The greenspire is popular for it’s height, appearance and resistance to many common diseases. This species can also tolerate droughts but falls victim to leaf scorch if initially grown in dry soil. This hardy and impressive-looking tree as well as a wide variety of landscaping trees are for sale at Appalachian Farms through G&S Trees.
Tilia cordata can reach heights anywhere from 60-130 feet tall in the wild sometimes with a spread usually up to a half of it’s height. Because of this, it is a popular shade tree in the America Southeast and Midwest (primarily Indianapolis and Atlanta). Interestingly, the greenspire can even be trained for bonsai; provided the training is not done all at once. It’s leaves are around 1 to 3 inches wide and long, and are typically heart shaped. The tree is deciduous so it’s leaves go from light green to yellow in autumn, fall off and are regrown in early spring. In early summer, Tilia cordata develops small yellowish green flowers in clusters of 5-10. They carry a formidable sweet scent and attract many bees! The honey made from Tilia cordata nectar is highly prized. The flowers also give way to tiny nut-like fruits, just under an inch in diameter. Linden flower tea can be cultivated from the greenspires’ flowers and is a popular European herbal remedy. Because of it’s versatile uses and pleasing appearance, the greenspire was chosen as the national tree of both the Czech and Slovak republics!
This large and lovely linden species along with hundreds of other types of wonderful landscaping trees are available and for sale at Appalachian Farms located in western North Carolina.