Tilia tomentosa, Silver Linden

Size: tree, 60-80' average height at maturity

Buds: grayish pubescent, terminal absent, blunt-tipped, 2-3 overlapping scales

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, 2-6" long, about the same width, simple, suborbicular, abruptly acuminate tips, margins doubly serrate, sometimes with suggestion of lobes, shiny dark green on top, silvery tomentose below, yellow in fall

Twigs: tomentose tips, inconspicuous lenticels and raised leaf scars

Flowers: monoecious, yellowish white, pendulous clusters of 7-10 flowers, each subtended by a bract, fragrant, bloom late June to early July

Fruit: small hard whitish pubescent nutlets on a pedicel subtended by a persistent large thin bract

Bark: smooth, light gray, almost beech-like, ridged, gray-brown on older wood