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Green Mountain® Linden features a handsome form, may only require pruning of basal sprouts, is desirable for the urban environment, offers dense branching and shade, and is excellent in New England.

Tree of the Month: Green Mountain Linden

By Len Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


 

Photos courtesy of Len Phillips 


Trade Name: Green Mountain® Linden


Botanical Name: Tilia tomentosa ‘PNI 6051′


Parentage: Developed by Princeton Nurseries


Family: Tiliaceae


Year of Introduction: 1988


Height: 50 to 70 feet


Spread: 45 to 55 feet


Form: Broad pyramidal shape


Bloom Period: Late June to early July


Flower: Yellowish white, fragrant, pendulous, attractive to bees, cymes 1-1/2-inches to 2-1/2-inches long


Fruit: 1/3-inch nutlet, persistent and dry on the tree


Summer Foliage: Very dark green above, silvery white and pubescent below, shimmer in the wind, 2 to 4 inches long


Autumn Foliage: Bright yellow in the autumn


Winter Color: Bark provides winter interest


Bark: Straight leader, light gray, handsome


Habitat: Southeast Europe and Western Asia


Culture: Rich, medium loam; well drained; any pH; full sun to partial shade; tolerates heat, drought and air pollution


Hardiness Zone*: 5 to 8


Growth Rate: Faster than other lindens, 45 feet after 30 years, up to 2 feet per year


Pest Resistance: Resistant to most Linden problems, including aphids and Japanese beetle feeding


Storm Resistance: Excellent


Salt Resistance: Excellent


Planting: Transplants with some difficulty, quick recovery


Pruning: Prune at planting and 3 years later to mature form, withstands severe pruning, may only require pruning of basal sprouts and removal of some potential crotch problems


Propagating: Budded onto T. cordata understock


Design Uses: Well suited for street tree planting


Companions: Use with ground covers such as Vinca and Pachysandra


Other Comments: Handsome form, may only require pruning of basal sprouts, desirable for the urban environment, dense branching and shade, excellent in New England


Available From: Most large nurseries


 


* For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


 


This information has been gathered from personal observations of the  author, living in New England – Zone 5, and information provided by J. Frank Schmidt & Son nursery.  Len Phillips can be reached via email at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com


 

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