Tilia intermedia ‘Pallida’
(T. x europaea ‘Pallida’)(now valid: T. x vulgaris ‘Pallida’)
Magnificent large tree with a symmetrical conical crown and a straight single leading stem. Fast growing.
30 to 35 (40) m in height and 12 to 18 (20) m in spread. Annual growth is ca. 40 cm in height and ca. 25 to 30 cm spread.
Shoots and buds are conspicuously red in autumn.
Deciduous, alternate, oblique cordate, larger than in T. x intermedia, base of leaf is horizontal, vivid green, slightly glossy. Autumn colour is yellow, long lasting.
Yellow, in umbel-like inflorescences, scented; June/July.
Gray-green, round fruits by September.
Shallow root system, predominantly horizontally spreading with dense fibrous roots, intense root formation in the top soil layer (see T. cordata).
Heart root, close to the surface.
On nutrient-rich, deep, moderately dry to moist soils, best on moist, mildly acid to alkaline sites.
Frost tolerant, prefers warmth, withstands temporary drought, urban sites, good re-growth from old wood, wind resistant, early into leaf. T. x intermedia ‘Pallida’ is more similar to T. cordata than T. platyphyllos. Leaves have reflective properties, preventing dust from sticking, reducing heating of leaves and evaporation. Well suited to urban street spaces.
Solitary, public parks, landscape.
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