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American Linden


American Linden Tree
The American linden, also known as "basswood," is our only native linden. A beautiful, large tree, the European cousin of this tree is commonly seen lining avenues and park paths in Europe. The linden blossom is famed for its light, sweet fragrance, which perfumes the air in late spring and early summer. It is an important food source for many pollinators. It also casts lovely shade!

Common Name: American Linden

Scientific Name: Tilia americana

Origin: Eastern North America

Family: Tiliaceae

Size: 70' tall

Form: Arching, irregular

Culture: Full sun to light shade; prefers moist, fertile, deep soils; tolerant of difficult, dry, or heavy soils

Leaves

4 - 8" long , alternate arrangement

Flower

Small, creamy-white flowers, bloom in July

Fruit

0.2 - 0.3" diameter; whitish-yellow; rounded, fuzzy nutlet held in clusters

Bark

Gray-brown; long, distinctive ridges with flat tops