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Care of the plant Tilia tomentosa or Silver linden.

Care of the tree Tilia tomentosa or Silver linden

The genus Tilia, family Malvaceae, comprises 30 species of trees and shrubs native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Some species are: Tilia tormentosa, Tilia platyphyllos, Tilia americana, Tilia cordata, Tilia oliveri, Tilia amurensis, Tilia japonica.

Common names: Silver linden, Silver lime. This species is native to the Eastern Mediterranean.

They are deciduous trees with a straight trunk, dense crown and relatively fast growth that reach 30 meters (98.4 feet) in height. The wrinkled leaves with a heart-shaped base have a toothed margin and are dark green above and silvery below; in autumn they take on yellow tones before falling. The small scented yellowish flowers are of no ornamental interest. They bloom in late spring and early summer. The fruits are grayish-green woody capsules.

They are used as isolated specimens in large gardens and in alignments in public parks. It does not have the medicinal properties of the common Linden; the flowers are toxic by ingestion.

Tilia tomentosa needs full sun exposure. It has good resistance to frost.

The soil can be normal garden soil that is well drained and contains organic matter but they will also grow on poor soils.

Water regularly waiting for the substrate to almost dry out. They resist drought well when established.

Fertilize with compost or manure at the end of winter.

They do not need pruning.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring or autumn and by grafting on the species Tilia platyphyllos.

Images of the tree Tilia tomentosa or Silver linden

Tilia tomentosa
Tilia tomentosa