Sterling Silver Linden

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Refined Shape, Fragrant Sterling Silver Linden

  • Uniform Rounded Oval Canopy
  • Narrow Canopy Looks Formal
  • Enjoy Dense Shade
  • Smooth Gray Bark Develops Texture With Age
  • Lustrous, Heart-Shaped Leaves
  • Dark-Green Foliage is Silvery Underneath with Fuzzy Texture
  • Golden-Yellow Fall Color
  • Fragrant, Creamy Yellow Blooms in Summer
  • Supports Beneficial Pollinators
  • Basswood Honey Produced From the Blooms
  • Resists Pests, Including Aphids and Japanese Beetles
  • Tolerates Urban Conditions
  • Prefers Alkaline Soil, But Widely Adaptable

Love the formal look of Lindens, but want a pest-resistant variety? Choose Sterling Silver Linden (Tilia tomentosa 'Sterling') and you'll get the sophistication you crave.

One of the best Silver Linden cultivars, these tasteful trees feature leaves with "fuzzy" undersides which help resist pests. Tomentosa, from their botanical name, refers to their downy texture.

Dark-green on top and silvery underneath, Sterling Silver Linden's foliage delivers a fine display.

You'll delight in how the leaves turn and "flash" in the natural sequins that catch sunlight.

They are held densely on the well-structured branches. Enjoy their crisp, refreshing shade all season long.

When nights start getting cooler, the leaves turn a clear yellow to help you decorate for fall. Place your pumpkins and shocks of corn, and arrange your annual family photo.

Even the bark is attractive. Smooth while young, over time it develops an exquisite texture that brings winter interest, especially when paired with their trim and tidy branch structure.

In summer, the trees treat your neighborhood to a marvelous, scented floral display. The pendulous, creamy-yellow blooms smell bright and sweet.

The spicy flowers also attract and support helpful honey bees and other beneficial pollinators, who use it to create "Basswood" honey for sure. But Japanese Beetles don't seem to bother with this variety.

Compact, with a uniform, pyramidal shape, Sterling Silver Linden is a wonderful smaller tree for shade and street plantings. Place your order today, you'll never regret this elegant choice.

How to Use Sterling Silver Linden in the Landscape

These popular trees are used by professional landscape designers, who appreciate their clean outline and pest-resistant, easy-care nature. Use several of them on commercial lots, and you'll easily elevate the visual tone of your property.

Formal applications are a natural fit for Sterling Silver Lindens. Space them 35 to 45 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.

Diversify your plantings, without losing formality, by alternating them with other Linden varieties. Use at least three trees in a row, then switch to other species, such as Turkish Hazel or Musashino Zelkova.

Even on small lots, a single Sterling Silver Linden tree brings welcome shade, fragrance, fall color and style. Plant on the south or southwest of the lot for the biggest shade benefits.

Save time and effort with these low-maintenance landscape tips. Create mulched garden beds and underplant with easy-care groundcover. Add chic outdoor containers to bring color that can be changed out for each season.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Site your new Sterling Silver Linden trees in full sun. They'll do best with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

Good air circulation helps keep plants healthy, as does well-drained soil. If your soil retains water after rainfall, bring in additional soil to elevate the planting in a raised planting bed or planting mound.

Young trees need careful watering, as their roots get established in your landscape. We recommend a medium amount of supplemental water thereafter, especially in dry weather.

Mulch helps cut down on surface evaporation. Apply a three-inch layer over the root system, then pull it back from touching the trunk.

Lindens boast a uniform branch structure. Minor pruning is usually all that is required, and should be done in late winter as needed.

Add the pretty charm and amazing fragrance of Sterling Silver Linden to your property this season. Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Sterling Silver Linden Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Tilia tomentosa 'Sterling'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 45 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes