silver linden Tiliaceae Tilia
petiolaris DC. symbol: TIPE
Leaf: Alternate, simple, serrated, heart-shaped, inequilateral, 2 to 5 inches long, green above, silvery pubescent below.
Flower: Fragrant, pale yellow, 7 to 10 flowers per hanging cluster, leafy wing above flowers, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Egg-shaped nutlet, 3/8 inch long, gray fuzzy, leafy wing persistent.
Twig: Moderately stout, zigzag, green or red, softly pubescent, buds finely pubescent, bulge to one side.
Bark: Young bark smooth, light gray, becoming furrowed with age.
Form: A small to medium sized tree reaching up to 70 feet in height, pyramidal to rounded crown.
Looks like: American basswood - littleleaf linden
Additional Range Information: Tilia petiolaris is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information - USDAFS Forest Products Lab
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654