Little leaf lindens #816952

Asked November 27, 2022, 3:27 PM EST

Hello, I have a question about the large little leaf linden trees that grow in the parkway in front of my house. I notice that it is very hard to grow grass or other plants under them. My guess is that they make lots of shade and have shallow roots that compete for moisture. But I am wondering if they have any other effects on the soil such as allelopathy, etc. I notice all my neighbors have this same issue. Just wondering if there is a way to eventually grow some healthy plants near these trees. Thanks!

Kent County Michigan

Expert Response


Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata) does not exhibit any allelopathic properties that would prevent plants from growing below it. Read more here:

However, it is shallow rooted and suckers readily. If plants do not grow below it, it is probably because the large trees use up all the moisture in the soil and are not good at sharing. In order to plant under it, search for plants that do not require as much water or be prepared to water the new plantings frequently.

Thank you for contacting Ask Extension.

Susan I. Campbell Replied November 28, 2022, 5:27 PM EST

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