Greenspire Linden is a selection of Little Leaf Linden with a strong central leader. It has a very uniform branched arrangement. It also has very fragrant flowers with small dark green leaves that turn yellow in fall. These attributes make it an excellent street tree.
Greenspire is hardy and conical. In general, Tilia cordata is a large deciduous tree. Growth habit is pyramidal in youth, dense, and rounded in maturity. Gray-brown bark has ridges and furrows on mature specimens. Foliage is shiny, bright green in summer, yellow in fall. Fragrant yellow flowers are borne on hanging 2 to 3-inch cymes in early to mid-summer. The Greenspire Linden species tolerates air pollution more than other Tilias and is often used as a boulevard tree. Excellent shade trees for large areas can also be pruned into a hedge. Native to Europe, cultivated since ancient times. Many cultivars are available.
There is evidence of this linden being planted and used for social purposes as early as 760 A.D. In the Germanic and Norse countries, the tree was known as a favorite of Freya (the goddess of love) and Frigga (the goddess of married love and the hearth). Women would dance around the village linden, and hoping for fertility would hug the tree or hang offerings in its branches. In Scandinavia, it was a good tree to avoid after dark because it was thought to be a favorite haunt of elves and fairies.