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Greenspire™ Littleleaf Linden
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Greenspire Littleleaf Linden is a dapper tree with a densely branched, teardrop-shaped canopy that will give you a cool, shady retreat from the sun on hot summer days. In early summer, this medium to large-sized shade tree will give you the added bonus of small cream-colored flowers which smell sweet and attract pollinators from near and far. When the kids are grown, the scent of Linden blossoms will always remind them of get-togethers and outdoor meals on the patio. Also popular as a street tree, Greenspire has an alley-cat toughness once established and will make no great demands on your busy schedule.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-7
- Spacing: 25-30'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Littleleaf Linden has been cultivated for centuries in the many European countries where it is native. In England, Lindens are called “Limes,” but don’t get too excited—this tree won’t give you limes! It’s called that because it is commonly found on limestone soils. The original Greenspire emerged from a batch of seeds sown in 1951. It has been around long enough to prove that it’s as tough as an old boot and a heck of a lot prettier. It was introduced by Princeton Nurseries of New Jersey in 1961.
Here are some key words to remember: formal, symmetrical, elegant. This tree is a beautiful example of all that and more. A lovely shade tree that bears tiny, fragrant white flowers in mid-summer. In autumn, the lush green foliage turns golden yellow. You'll love the uniform growth habit on this very adaptable tree. This Linden is the perfect addition to your yard.
How to Grow
Littleleaf Lindens are nice trees. They make good street trees, they work well in city plantings because of their pollution tolerance, and their wood is great for carving duck decoys! Littleleaf Lindens like full sun and they tolerate a range of soil conditions as well. To give your Littleleaf Linden a boost of energy, supply a dose of medium rate fertilizer once a year in the fall. This helps your tree produce healthy new growth for the following growing season. Littleleaf Lindens are moderate growers, meaning they don’t grow too fast or too slow but just right, therefore they don’t need a lot of pruning. Littleleaf Lindens do have a slight problem with aphids and Japanese Beetles. Japanese Beetles are more of a problem for this tree, and if you know that your area has a bad Japanese Beetles problem, I would recommend not planting this tree. The beetles will make the leaves “disappear” and you will be left with a bare tree. If your tree does happen to have a slight problem with either pest, contact your local Garden Center professional.
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Size B Trees:
7-8' tall. Grown and shipped in our #15 tree container with caliper over 1 1/2". Well formed branching and canopy.
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