Tilia tomentosa (L.) Moench


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Morphology / Appearance

Tilia tomentosa (L.) Moench

Character recognition:

Plant: is a deciduous tree growing to 20–35 m in height;
Root: rhizomatous;
Stem: at first bark is smooth and gray, at maturity forming shallow longitudinal furrows.;
Leaves: alternate; rounded to triangular-ovate, 4–13 cm long and broad with a 2.5–4 cm petiole, green and mostly hairless above, densely white tomentose with white hairs below, and with a coarsely toothed margin;
Flowers: hermaphrodite, produced in cymes of three to ten in mid to late summer with a pale green subtending leafy bract;
Fruits: dry nut-like drupe 8–10 mm long, downy, and slightly ribbed.

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Ecology / Plant spreading

Tilia tomentosa (L.) Moench

Bloom time: Jul , Aug
Flower color: pale-yellow
Plant type: perennial
Light: Sun, Part Shade
Propagation Material: Seeds

It is native to southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia, from Hungary and the Balkans east to western Turkey, occurring at moderate altitudes.

In periods of drought loses leaves to reduce transpiration.


Tilia tomentosa (L.) Moench

Cultivation / Plant breeding

Tilia tomentosa (L.) Moench

Prefers a good moist loamy alkaline to neutral soil but succeeds on slightly acid soils.

Natural seeds spread by wind and animals. Seeds remain viable for several years if kept in a dry and low temperatures (0-2°C). Stratify the seeds in moist sand at 2-4°C for 5-6 weeks.


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