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Norlin Linden

Tilia cordata 'Norlin'

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Norlin Linden (Tilia cordata 'Norlin') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

Norlin Linden

Norlin Linden

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Norlin Linden (Tilia cordata 'Norlin') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

Norlin Linden flowers

Norlin Linden flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  45 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Littleleaf Linden, Lime, Smallleaf Lime


A beautiful small shade tree with a pyramidal shape throughout its life, features fragrant yellow flowers in early summer when few trees bloom; very tidy and low maintenance, adaptable and very hardy, an excellent lawn or street tree, great by a deck

Ornamental Features

Norlin Linden is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It features subtle clusters of fragrant yellow flowers with tan bracts hanging below the branches in early summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The large heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Norlin Linden is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal 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

Norlin Linden is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Norlin Linden will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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Flowers  Fall Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features