The Tilia tree is a member of the linden family (tiliaceae). Known and grown in the cool to temperate regions of Australia, 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 Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  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 to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane 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 Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development, healthy foliage & flowers.


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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