American Linden

Scientific Name: Tilia americana

American Linden Tree

Attributes

July

Attributes

Deciduous

Plant Family

Tiliaceae

Origin

Eastern North America

Form

Arching, irregular

Plant Size

70 feet tall

Description

The American linden, also known as "basswood," is our only native linden tree. 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!

American Linden Leaf

Leaves

4-8 inches long, alternate arrangement
American Linden Fruit

Fruit

.2-.3 inch diameter; whitish-yellow; rounded, fuzzy nutlet held in clusters
American Linden Flower

Flower

Small, creamy-white flowers, bloom in July
American Linden Bark

Bark

Gray-brown; long, distinctive ridges with flat tops