Tilia cordata Greenspire – Greenspire® Linden
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 this 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.