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Shade Trees and Easy-Care Perennials

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Greenspire Littleleaf Linden(9 of 12)

Tilia cordata 'Greenspire'

  • Deciduous tree often used as a shade tree as it's tolerant of urban conditions; but not very heat tolerant.

  • Plant in full sun.

  • Plant in average garden soil that is moist but well-drained.

  • Height: 50-60 feet.

  • Width: 25-40 feet.

Hardy in zones 3-7:

  • Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; water when dry.

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; water when dry.

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; water when dry.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; water when dry.

  • Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; water when dry.

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