- Common Name(s):
- Littleleaf linden, Small leaf lime tree
- Edible Plants, Trees
Excellent street tree in the Malvaceae family. It is a great urban tree tolerating poor soil, drought, and air pollution. It is more ideally suited for a northern climate than for the south. It is easy to transplant and tolerates heavy pruning. Its fall color is a pale yellow green and not very ornamental.
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Summer, June Fruit: Summer, August
Wildlife Value: The flowers attract butterflies and bees and it makes an excellent honey plant.
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Insect visitors include borers, scale, leaf miner, lace bugs, caterpillars, aphids and Japanese beetles. Spider mites can be troublesome, particularly in hot, dry periods. Verticillium wilt is infrequent, but can be fatal. Powdery mildew, leaf spots, and canker may occur.
- 30-50 ft.
- Lacy cluster of fragrant cream to pale yellow flowers; followed by a showy nut like structure attached to a papery bract
- 3 to 7
- Sun; moist, well drained soil but tolerates a range of soil conditions, sun to partial shade
- Pyramidal in youth; more rounded with age; densely branched; spreading
- 25-40 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Slow to moderate
- 1.5 to 3 in. alternate, simple leaves; yellow-green fall color
NCCES plant id: 2220