Littleleaf Linden
Leaf Characteristics
  • broad, flat leaves
  • simple leaves
  • not lobed
  • fine, double teeth
  • all teeth same size
  • shorter stem
  • side veins near base longer than others
  • assymetric, leaf broad
  • 1.5 - 3 inches long
Littleleaf Linden
Fruit Characteristics
  • other fruit (not cone, winged, acorn, or in pod or capsule)
  • without husk or capsules
  • loose, not packed tightly together
  • fruit with large pit
  • whole fruit less than 1 inch
  • fruit clustered on strap-like modified leaf
Littleleaf Linden
Tilia cordata

The Littleleaf Linden has dense and compact foliage, and a pyramidal shape. It grows in a variety of soils and is highly tolerant to adverse conditions, such as those found in cities. Also, this hardy tree can stand low temperatures. In North America it grows as far north as Manitoba. The Littleleaf Linden is a native of Europe. It probably was introduced into North America in early colonial times. Today, several varieties are grown for their particular characteristics. In spite of problems with Japanese Beetles and aphids landscapers plant this shade tree on lawns and along streets.

Tree Size height 60' - 70' Bark Twig and Buds Flower