Wet Soil: Low
Dry Soil: High
Tilia platyphyllos ‘Aurea’, commonly known as the Golden-stemmed tree, distinguishes itself from the original species by its golden-yellow shoots that stand out, particularly in the winter months. These are just as outstanding as the colourful winter twigs of willows and dogwood. Consequently, it is frequently used as a pollard to accentuate its rich winter hues.
Much like its parent species, it is a sizeable, relatively fast-growing tree, evolving into a majestic parkland tree that features round-ovate leaves with sharp toothed edges. Whilst it does produce suckers, they are not as prolific as those of Tilia europaea, but as such, is better suited to the wider landscape than tree planting – unless managed as a pollard or planted on a wide verge.
The overall tree structure takes on a broadly columnar shape, making it well-suited as a grand venue tree or an impressive standalone specimen. Blooming from late June to early July, it holds allure for bees and other pollinators, although it is susceptible to aphids and the associated honeydew.
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10m high x 5m wide after 25 years
Can be pollarded to create a small tree suitable for small spaces. If left unpruned, it will become a large tree, ideal for parks and avenues.
Branches are ascending, tree is broadly conical with a rounded crown.
Green, broad, roundish-ovate, and sharply toothed.
Greyish-brown bark with vibrant golden-green-yellow twigs.
Fragrant ivory flowers in summer.
Fairly resilient and will do well in both moist and well-drained soil, as long as it's fertile. Prefers full sun or partial shade.
Flowers during summer are valuable for bees and other pollinators.
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