Tilia americana

Common name: American Linden

Native plant

Tilia's fragrant flowers not only increase this plant's landscape value, but it also makes for an outstanding tea. Linden, or basswood, is a very tall slender tree under normal circumstances, but if the tree is stressed it will tend to sucker from the base and form a multi-trunked plant. Its leaves are rather large, a little bigger than a large hand, and very soft to the touch with an agreeable light yellow fall color. Tolerates some shade, but does best in full sun on mesic to moist soils. The wood of the Linden is a very sought after wood by wood carvers because of its clear grain.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood

Habitat

Moist Woods

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

White

Fall color

Yellow

Size

Mature height
5 Feet
Mature width
4 Feet
Max height
70 Feet
Max width
65 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant

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