Tilia platyphyllos ‘Zelzate’ is a Proven Novelty

Tilia platyphyllos ‘Zelzate’ - photo: De Martelaer

Tilia platyphyllos ‘Zelzate’ – photo: De Martelaer

Tilia platyphyllos ‘Zelzate’ was a Silver Medal winner of the Dutch trade fair for nursery stock GrootGroen 2005. Belgian nursery De Martelaer submitted it. Ten years ago the jury of the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society said that this tree can be used along streets, on squares, and in green spaces. “It has a distinct narrow growth which will become wider after a few years.
At the recently held GrootGroenPlus 2015, the successor of the mentioned trade fair Tilia platyphyllos ‘Zelzate’ was again put into the limelight as one of the three ‘Proven Novelties 2015’. The Proven Novelties theme was in addition to the new plants competition of GrootGroenPlus 2015.
Incredible consistent growth
‘Zelzate’ was an addition to the known cultivars as Tilia platyphyllos ‘Delft’ and Tilia platyphyllos ‘Örebro’. “A distinct characteristic of the new cultivar was the incredible consistent growth. The Silver Medal certainly was a lucky break and especially earned because of the high rust resistance, the compact, egg-shaped crown that remains closed when it ages, and the almost round leafs with a diameter of 6-12cm.”
Hesitation
As the jury already indicated ‘Zelzate’ had to compete with the already known cultivars ‘Delft’, ‘Örebro’ and also ‘Fastigiata’. But according to the winner it deserves its own sport in the assortment. De Martelaer explains about the hesitation when ‘Zelzate’ was launched. “We did not have any experience with marketing a novelty. At the moment this Tilia is only grown by us and by André Briant Jeunes Plants in France.”
‘Zelzate’ - photo: De Martelaer

‘Zelzate’ – photo: De Martelaer

‘Zelzate’ - photo: De Martelaer

‘Zelzate’ – photo: De Martelaer