For those challenging spaces, you may want to choose the Greenspire linden (Tilia cordata ‘Greenspire”). This species can adapt to wet or dry soils, and it holds up against strong winds. If you need a tree to add to a street or sidewalk, the Greenspire linden is the perfect variety. With its uniform and neat appearance, this tree makes the ideal addition to a wide range of spaces.
Greenspire Linden Attributes
The yellow flowers are distinctive features of the lindens, and they start to bloom in the early summer. You will be treated to a fragrant, spicy scent throughout the season. Even the local butterflies and honeybees will flock to your landscape to enjoy this tree.
As the seasons start to change, the dark green leaves turn into a bold golden color. In the fall, these leaves almost look like they are glowing from within the foliage. After the summer blooms, the flowers will make way for the heart-shaped leaves that are dark on the top and gray-green along the undersides. The strong, centralized trunk creates uniformed branches with fine-textured brown bark.
If you want a tree for a uniformed look around parks and parking lots, this is the tree for you. Many people choose this species for its manageable size and refined outline.
- Botanical Name: Tilia cordata Greenspire
- Hardiness Zone: 4
- Tree Type: Shade
- Size Range: Medium Tree (25-40 feet)
- Mature Height: 40′
- Mature Spread: 30′
- Shape: Pyramidal
- Foliage Color: Medium Green
- Fall Color: Yellow/Gold
- Flower Color: Yellow
- Decorative Fruit: None
- Landscape Uses: Shade, Parkway/Street
- Growth Rate: Moderate
- Plant Tolerance: Very Adaptable
- Standout Feature: Formal Pyramidal Shape, Dense Foliage, Spring Flowering
Greenspire Linden Landscape Uses
The Greenspire linden has a pyramidal appearance, and it is one of the most adaptable trees in the country. This linden will even excel in those harsh urban environments. All it needs is full sun for optimal growth. These lindens are excellent choices for shade trees. You can add this species to accent a patio or plant several of them to create a row. Greenspire lindens are perfect for foundation plantings, or they can be used in a grouping with other trees.
This tree makes an excellent street tree due to its controlled growth. Once the branches are at the desired level, you will not have to prune them. For those with large properties, the trees can be planted in blocks or rows. You want to keep the trees at least 20 feet apart on center as you measure from trunk to trunk.
With the summer blooming yellow flowers, you can enjoy the spicy fragrance that attracts the local honeybees. The bees create a valuable basswood variety of honey from the linden flower. If you are an amateur honey hobbyist, this tree is the perfect addition to your outdoor space.
Planting and Growing
The Greenspire linden can grow in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7. You will see the Greenspire linden in many urban parks due to its adaptability to dry or moist soils. Once the roots have established, the tree becomes more drought-tolerant after the first few years. However, during those early years, the young trees will need a moderate amount of water. If you have the chance of a drought, you will need to check the moisture level of the young tree.
Any maintenance pruning should be done in the late winter to early spring before new growth begins for the season. You will not have to prune too much since the tree does tend to keep its form. The Greenspire linden tree can grow dense. If you want to thin the crown, pruning should be done to a few interior branches. By removing some branches, you can loosen up the crown and keep it from becoming too compact.
How fast does a Greenspire linden tree grow? This tree will grow at an average rate as it gains about 13 to 24 inches per year in height. At maturity, the tree reaches a height of 50 feet and has a spread of 30 feet. Under the right conditions, these trees can live for 70 years or more.
The Greenspire Linden Is a Wonderful Addition
This magnificent shade tree has a uniformed, spire-like shape that will last throughout its life. You can enjoy the spicy, fragrant flowers blooming in the summer when most trees have solid green foliage. This tree species is low-maintenance and adaptable. The Greenspire linden will make an excellent addition to a patio, street, or large yard. Make sure to add this tree to your inventory.
If you want to purchase the Greenspire linden for your home or business, contact Arbor Valley Nursery. We carry a large selection of trees, shrubs, and plants, including the versatile Greenspire linden. Our team can help you choose the right tree for your spaces. When you are ready to order, please make sure to fill out the contact form.