We have multiple of this tree growing on my college campus and I cannot figure out what type of tree it is. I've never seen anything like it. It has a light green leaf that always grows on top of a darker green one with a flower/fruit forming on top of that. Thanks for your help!

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    Where in the world the tree is helps. And a close-up of the leaf too
    – kevinskio
    May 13, 2016 at 9:44

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This is a member of the linden family, or Tilia. This tree is probably Tilia Cordata or the little leaf linden which is native from Europe to western Asia.

A favourite with landscape architects in Europe in the 17th and 18th century and in North America from 1950 to the late 1970's due to the sweet smelling flowers and modest size when mature (~65' 20M) this tree is no longer planted widely due to these issues:

The North American tilia, the basswood, is a better choice for some locations if you have moister soil.

  • Beautiful tree tho. Please don't cut it down 😊 Jul 19, 2017 at 8:25

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