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Silver Linden
Silver Linden

Silver Linden

Tilia tomentosa
Silver Linden
Magnoliphyta
Tiliaceae
Tilia

Native to southeastern Europe, the Silver Linden is a beautiful, stately shade tree that develops an oval symmetrical crown. Its name comes from the silvery sheen created by the tiny hairs on the underside of the leaves. This is especially evident when they shimmer in the slightest breeze. When in bloom, the Silver Linden emits a wonderful honeysuckle-like aroma.

Small to medium-sized, up to 70 feet, pyramidal to rounded crown.

• Maine Monument at Columbus Circle
• Across from the Boathouse at East 74th Street
• 83rd Street, on both sides of the East Drive
• Great Lawn, inside the Oval, northeast quadrant (pair)
• Great Lawn, inside the Oval, southwest quadrant

Silver Linden BarkSilver Linden Bark
Smooth, light to silvery-gray, becoming furrowed as tree matures.
Silver Linden FlowerSilver Linden Flower
Very fragrant, pale yellow hanging in clusters of 7 to 10 flowers from a leaf-like bract, blooming late June to early July. When in bloom, they literally fill the Park with a wonderful honeysuckle-like aroma.
Silver Linden FruitSilver Linden Fruit
Nut-like, egg-shaped fruit, 3/8 inch long.
Silver Linden LeafSilver Linden Leaf
Heart-shaped, 2 to 5 inches long, radiant dark green on top, silvery and downy underneath. Turns yellow in the fall.
Philip Brassett, www.brassett.org.uk/trees
Matthew Brown, Central Park Conservancy
Neil Calvanese, Central Park Conservancy

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