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Paleleaf Linden*

Tilia x europaea 'Pallida'

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Paleleaf Linden (Tilia x europaea 'Pallida') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Paleleaf Linden

Paleleaf Linden

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  European Linden, Lime, European Lime


An interesting shade tree for larger yards featuring green foliage with yellowish undersides, rather pretty in a breeze, along with reddish-brown stems, fragrant yellow flowers in early summer; a tidy, generally adaptable tree

Ornamental Features

Paleleaf Linden has attractive green foliage with yellow undersides throughout the season. The heart-shaped leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in fall. It features subtle clusters of fragrant yellow flowers with tan bracts hanging below the branches in early summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark and indian red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Paleleaf Linden is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Paleleaf Linden is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Paleleaf Linden will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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Ornamental Features