Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Medium

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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Size

Medium/Large

10m high x 5m wide after 25 years

Environment

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.

Canopy

Branches are ascending, tree is broadly conical with a rounded crown.

Foliage

Green, broad, roundish-ovate, and sharply toothed.

Bark

Greyish-brown bark with vibrant golden-green-yellow twigs.

Flowers

Fragrant ivory flowers in summer.

Resilience

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.

Wildlife

Flowers during summer are valuable for bees and other pollinators.

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