Botanical Name: Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’
Alternate Name: Greenspire Littleleaf Linden
The Greenspire Linden (Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire’) is a medium sized deciduous tree with a pyramidal growth habit that later matures to an oval or spire shape – giving the cultivar its name. The branching habit is upright and open.
Greenspire is one of the Littleleaf Linden varieties and grows wider than the Corinthian Linden tree. It is one of the most adaptable trees available in cultivation and as such, thrives in city environments with urban pollution and a wide range of soils. It also makes a wonderful and reliable shade tree. This tree grows to a height of 40-50 feet with a spread of 25-30 feet.
The leaves of the Greenspire Linden are smaller than those of the species tree. They are heart shaped and measure 4-8 inches long. They are light to medium green with bluish undersides and serrated edges. In the fall, the foliage color is a glowing golden yellow.
The Greenspire Linden displays an abundance of flowers in the summer. They emerge beneath light green bracts. Showy umbels of small cream or pale yellow flowers appear, attracting bees and butterflies with their spicy fragrance and nectar. The following fruits are tiny, rounded gray nutlets.
This tree thrives in full sun locations. It is resistant to insects and rarely has aphid infestations.
Height: 40-50 ft.
Width: 25-30 ft.
Shape: Pyramidal, Spire shaped
Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering Time: June-July
Fall Color: Yellow
Features: Bright fall color, showy fragrant blooms
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Prefers moist and well-drained soils, but is adaptable to wet or dry conditions and a wide range of soil types and pH ranges. Drought tolerant.
Growth Rate: Fast
USDA Zones: 4-8
Uses: Park tree, habitat tree, street tree, shade tree