littleleaf linden Tiliaceae Tilia cordata Mill. Listen to the Latin play symbol: TICO2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate to cordate, 2 to 4 inches long, with serrate margins, pinnately veined, inequilateral base, green above and paler below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; pale yellow, borne below a long, gracefully curving leafy wing in a many branched cluster, several inches long, appearing in early to mid-summer.
Fruit: A round, conspicuously 4-ribbed nutlet (1/4 inch) that is covered with gray-brown hair; occur in a hanging cluster with a curving, leafy bract acting as a wing on top of the cluster, ripening in the fall.
Twig: Slender, zigzag, green-brown or red-tinged (particularly in the winter); terminal bud is false, buds are plump with one side bulging conspicuously, edible and when eaten they are mucilaginous.
Bark: Gray or brown, ridged with shallow furrows; young stems are brown and soon become ridged. The bark is quite fibrous.
Form: A small to medium tree to 70 feet with a dense, round crown. In the U.S. it is typically only seen when open grown where it develops into a small tree as wide as it is tall.

Looks like: American basswood - silver linden
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Tilia cordata is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting littleleaf linden.
More: Fall Color
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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