Malvaceae (mallow family) Tilia

Tilia platyphyllos large-leaf linden

Tilia platyphyllos leaf. From Trees of Stanford and Environs, Ronald Bracewell

This tree’s leaves, up to 5 inches, are longer than those of T. cordata, little-leaf linden, and the leaf margins usually are more sharply and regularly serrate. The leaves’ undersides generally are light green, while those of T. cordata normally have a whitish (glaucous) cast.

Five old specimens can be seen at 575 Salvatierra Street near Campus Drive East, and one across the street, remaining from a former row (1904). Two tall trees with trunk diameters more than 3 feet are at Columbae House, 549 Lasuen Mall.

Tilia platyphyllos leaf. From An Illustrated Manual of Pacific Coast Trees, Howard E. McMinn & Evelyn Maino

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Family name updated to Malvaceae from Tiliaceae Aug 2019 (SP).