Littleleaf Linden Tree

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Scientific Name:
Tilia cordata
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Littleleaf Linden Tree – A Prolific Bloomer with Fragrant Flowers

Why Littleleaf Linden Tree?

Native to Europe to Western Siberia and Iran, Tilia Cordata, also known as littleleaf, littleleaf linden, or pry tree, is a large deciduous tree with a pyramidal shape while young but becomes pyramidal-rounded as it matures. Bees and hummingbirds are drawn to the blossoms of the littleleaf linden, and the tree's soft, pliable wood often serves as suitable nesting material for cavity-dwelling birds.

The tree produces slightly yellow clusters of flowers, each suspended on a long stalk linked to a leaf-like wing. The blooms exude a scent that is both apparent and pleasurable to the senses.

The littleleaf linden can flourish on clay, sandy, rich, moist, well-drained, acidic, and alkaline soils. Although it thrives best in damp environments, this plant cannot tolerate standing water.

Fruit is a kind of drupe that resembles a nut. It is spherical in shape and often has a tiny fuzz on the surface, while flowers have a pleasant aroma and are very appealing to various pollinators.


It is generally recommended to wait to fertilize a bare root plant until it has been established in the ground and is actively growing. This can vary depending on the type of plant and the growing conditions, but it is generally best to wait at least a few weeks to a few months after planting.

During the first year, you should focus on providing the plant with the right amount of water, sunlight and soil to help it become established. Once the plant has become established and is actively growing, you can begin to fertilize it.

You can use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer or one that is specifically formulated for the type of plant you have. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package and apply it at the recommended rate.

It is also important to note that over-fertilizing can be harmful to plants, so it's always best to error on the side of caution and start with a lower amount of fertilizer and increase as needed.

Key Specifications

The following are some of the key specifications of Tilia Cordata or Littleleaf Linden:

  • Size: Small to medium sized tree, typically reaching heights of 40-50 feet
  • Foliage: Dark green, glossy leaves that are heart-shaped
  • Flowers and fruit: Inconspicuous flowers in the spring, followed by small, drooping nutlets in the fall
  • Growth habit: Upright and pyramidal when young, becoming more rounded and spreading with age
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: Adaptable to a wide range of soils, but prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy in USDA zones 4-8
  • pH level: Tolerant of a wide range of pH levels
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is necessary, but can be done to shape or control the size of the tree
  • Pest and diseases: Generally disease and pest-free, but can be susceptible to scale insects and cankers


Tilia cordata, also known as the little-leaf linden or small-leaved lime, is a species of Tilia that is native to Europe. The cymes contain both male and female flowers, requiring only cross pollination from the many busy insects visiting them. In fact, lindens are sometimes referred to as bee trees, for bees swarm to the flowers' abundance of both nectar and pollen.

The flowers of Tilia cordata are small and inconspicuous, and they are produced in clusters in the spring. They are not showy and do not have petals, but they are very fragrant and are pollinated by a variety of insects, including bees, butterflies, and moths. The pollination process is essential for the production of the small, drooping nutlets that appear in the fall.

The nutlets are about 1-2cm long, and are brown or dark colored. They mature in the fall and remain on the tree through winter.

It's important to note that for the nutlets to develop, you will need at least one male tree in the area for pollination, as Tilia cordata is a dioecious tree.

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  • 5
    Arrived in perfect condition

    Posted by Jodi on 05/20/22

    The tree arrived on schedule, in perfect condition, with planting instructions.

  • 5
    Bare Root Trees

    Posted by Bob R on 04/26/22

    Received 6 bare root Little Leaf Linden trees in excellent condition, packed well. Just planted 4/26. We'll see if they take.

  • 5
    Beautiful, Healthy Tree!

    Posted by Marsel on 03/16/22

    It was a long wait, because I ordered in summer and Linden Trees aren't in season till winter/spring. But the tree just arrived a couple of days ago, and it was hardy, healthy and strong looking with a couple of tiny buds on it already. It was very well packaged and had no signs of damage. I planted it the same day into a large pot with lots of water, compost and good soil. A couple of days later it still looks great and happy! Can't wait to watch this beauty grow! It's so hard to find linden trees online, but I wanted one so bad because tea from the flowers and leaves of Linden Tree are out of this world! My mother often talks about linden trees where she grew up smelled of sweet honey when you walked by them in bloom. Magical, can't wait!

  • 5
    Little Leaf Linden tree

    Posted by Lj Orlin on 07/01/21

    I cannot praise the growers and packers at the Tree Store enough! The long awaited tree arrived by mail this week. It was boxed like a long stemmed rose. Secured inside and perfectly moist, just coming into leaf. It is beautiful. I am glad to have found a tree store that takes such excellent care of the trees they grow and sell. Thank you!

  • 5
    Littleleaf Linden Tree delivery

    Posted by James Webb on 06/30/21

    The trees were delivered on one of the hottest days of the summer thus far. The box was hot, and I was nervous about the contents; but the trees were well-packaged and were showing buds at the end of June. Soaked them in water overnight and planted. All is well. Thank you.

  • 5
    Lovely tree

    Posted by Torie on 04/17/21

    Arrived healthy and beautifully packaged. Looking forward to watching her grow.

  • 5

    Posted by Justin on 03/09/21

    Thank you for your impeccable packaging and shipping, I can't wait to see the tree growing.

  • 5

    Posted by Viki on 02/05/21


  • 5
    very well packed and fast shipping

    Posted by don payne on 01/27/21

    had viable buds (green) when shipped promptly. nice size as well with no broken limbs because of the packing job.