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Green Mountain® Linden

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Green Mountain Linden (Tilia tomentosa) A large ornamental shade tree featuring an Upright, symmetrical growth habit forming a dense canopy. Wind causes a shimmering effect as it ruffles the dark green leaves to reveal the silvery white undersides. Fragrant flowers in early summer;  very attractive; a neat and tidy tree, very adaptable, best for larger landscapes

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
45 feet
Average Landscape Width:
30 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Tilia
Species:
tomentosa
Flower Color:
butter
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
gold
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
high
Pruning:
best if not pruned
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Basswood, American Linden
Branching:
excurrent
Density:
dense
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Green Mountain Linden is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It features subtle clusters of fragrant yellow flowers with tan bracts hanging below the branches in early summer. It has attractive forest green foliage with gray undersides. The fuzzy heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Green Mountain Linden is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Green Mountain Linden will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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