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Sterling Silver Linden
Sterling Silver Linden
Sterling Silver Linden
Sterling Silver Linden
Sterling Silver Linden
Sterling Silver Linden

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Mature Height: 50-60' tall
  • Mature Width: 25-40' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 40-50' apart



  • Dark-green heart-shaped leaves change yellow in fall
  • Fragrant yellow flowers bloom in summer
  • Lush, dense shade tree
  • Smooth gray bark, and stately pyramidal canopy
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Sterling Silver Linden

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Tilia tomentosum 'Sterling Silver'

Regular price $625.00
In Stock - Ships in 2 to 3 weeks
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Why the Sterling Silver Linden?

Sterling Silver Linden is a tough, easy-to-grow medium to large-sized tree that will give you a cool and shady spot to put a picnic table, a pair of adirondacks, or a lounge chair. On breezy days, you’ll look up and see its silver-backed leaves dancing and shimmering in the sunlight, and in early summer, you’ll inhale the sweet scent of its cream-colored flowers. You can also plant this handsome shade tree along your property line for a seasonal privacy screen that will be appreciated from both sides of the fence.

Although there are Lindens native to the U.S., this tree belongs to a European/Middle Eastern species of Linden that was brought to this country in colonial times. The late Willet “Bill” Wandell of Illinois—the same nurseryman who introduced the Autumn Brilliance® Serviceberry—gave us this selection in 1986. Sterling Silver stood out from a batch of seedlings he purchased in 1957, the parentage of which was unclear. An office fire in 1979 destroyed the records that would have revealed the seed source of the crop that produced this superior tree.

How to use in the landscape?

Put some "bling" in your garden! Silvery foliage emerges in spring with blue-silver undersides. This fast growing tree has an upright growth habit and produces fragrant cream colored flowers in late spring/early summer. An excellent choice for a shade tree, lawn tree, street tree - even in city plantings.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-7

    Mature Height: 50-60' tall

    Mature Width: 25-40' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 40-50' apart

How To Plant

Lindens’ only real drawback is that their leaves are a favored food of Japanese beetles, which will eat the leaves down to the veins, or “skeletonize” them. Sterling Silver is less susceptible than most Lindens—perhaps because the undersides of the leaves are so fuzzy (how would you like to chew through leaf-fuzz?). Lindens are in other respects “WonderTrees,” growing without complaint in urban areas, despite having to contend with pollution, hard-packed soils, and small planting holes. Sterling Silver has a medium growth rate and hardly ever needs pruning.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Prune in late winter when needed.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-7

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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