The tilia or linden tree is a member of the linden family (Tiliaceae). Known and grown in the cool to temperate regions, they are tough and upright trees, ideal for parks, avenues and larger blocks. Tolerant of many modern environments and conditions, their attractive heart-shaped leaves give yellow hues in autumn. They are also known for their attractive bark and produce pollen that is attractive to bees. Some have edible leaves/flowers.

How to grow tilia in a garden

  1. Choose a position with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the tree from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots if required.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut-shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting with Yates Thrive Natural Seaweed Tonic to help reduce transplant shock and to promote root growth. Keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, depending on weather conditions until established.  
  6. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and flowers. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.


Growing tips

  • Large trees that are suited to large gardens, parks and avenue plantings. Moderate growth rate. 

  • Tolerant of harsh pruning and severe frosts. 

  • Prefer moist, well-drained soil.

  • Specimen trees. Good for attracting bees when in flower. 

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Recommended products

Yates Thrive Natural Seaweed Tonic

A 100% bull kelp seaweed tonic. Great for improving plant resistance and protection against pests, drought and frosts plus reduces transplant shock.