Sterling Silver Linden
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Sterling Silver Linden is a tough, easy-to-grow medium to large-sized tree that will give you a cool and shady spot to put a picnic table, a pair of adirondacks, or a lounge chair. On breezy days, you’ll look up and see its silver-backed leaves dancing and shimmering in the sunlight, and in early summer, you’ll inhale the sweet scent of its cream-colored flowers. You can also plant this handsome shade tree along your property line for a seasonal privacy screen that will be appreciated from both sides of the fence.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
- Spacing: 40-50'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Although there are Lindens native to the U.S., this tree belongs to a European/Middle Eastern species of Linden that was brought to this country in colonial times. The late Willet “Bill” Wandell of Illinois—the same nurseryman who introduced the Autumn Brilliance® Serviceberry—gave us this selection in 1986. Sterling Silver stood out from a batch of seedlings he purchased in 1957, the parentage of which was unclear. An office fire in 1979 destroyed the records that would have revealed the seed source of the crop that produced this superior tree.
Put some "bling" in your garden! Silvery foliage emerges in spring with blue-silver undersides. This fast growing tree has an upright growth habit and produces fragrant cream colored flowers in late spring/early summer. An excellent choice for a shade tree, lawn tree, street tree - even in city plantings.
How to Grow
Lindens’ only real drawback is that their leaves are a favored food of Japanese beetles, which will eat the leaves down to the veins, or “skeletonize” them. Sterling Silver is less susceptible than most Lindens—perhaps because the undersides of the leaves are so fuzzy (how would you like to chew through leaf-fuzz?). Lindens are in other respects “WonderTrees,” growing without complaint in urban areas, despite having to contend with pollution, hard-packed soils, and small planting holes. Sterling Silver has a medium growth rate and hardly ever needs pruning.
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