Little-leaf Linden Tree
Category: Deciduous Trees
Facts about Little-leaf Linden Tree, "Little-leaf Linden Tree is Tilia cordata". The Little-leaf Linden Tree is also known as Small-leaved Lime or occasionally as Small-leaved Linden, is a species of the Tilia and it is native to Europe and England.
Description of Little-leaf Linden
The Little-leaf Linden Tree is a deciduous tree that grows to about 60 to 80 feet (18.28 to 24.38 meters) tall and will have a spread of about a half its height. The Little-leaf Linden Tree has a smooth grayish bark when it is still young, and with firm vertical ridges. It has a rounded crown that is in a formal oval shape. Little-leaf Linden Tree branching is quite upright and will increase in density as it ages. Its rounded to triangular-ovate leaves are alternately arranged.
Pests and diseases of Little-leaf Linden
The Little-leaf Linden Tree is a tree that is fairly disease resistant, though one of the common problem affects the Little-leaf Linden Tree is leaf scorch and this happens when it is planted on dry soil, however this is not a persistent problem as the tree will shade its leaves during the autumn season.
Most common pests include aphids, some species of moths, lace bugs and the Japanese beetles.
Uses of Little-leaf Linden Tree
The Little-leaf Linden Tree is grown as an ornamental tree. Early in the days it was planted to form avenues in landscape planning. It is quite popular as a shade tree this is due to its dense canopy.
In some Western and Central Europe countries the Little-leaf Linden flowers are used as traditional herbal remedy that is made as tea. This remedy is considered to be of great value as an anti-inflammatory in broad respiratory problems including flu, fever, cough and bronchitis.
The Little-leaf Linden flowers attract the humming birds and bees, and its soft wood often provides a soft spot for the nesting of the cavity-dwelling type of birds.
The fruit of the Little-leaf Linden Tree is quite similar to the peppercorn in size and the shape and it is light tan in color. The tree generally blooms in the early summer.