American Linden Tree

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About the American Linden “Basswood’ Tree

A fast-growing shade tree with fragrant flowers!

American Linden, also known as ‘Basswood’ (Tilia americana) is a medium-to-large-sized tree native to Eastern North America. It was cultivated in North America as early as 1752. Linden is desirable as a landscape tree for its large stature, shade and aromatic flowers.

This native has a long life expectancy of around 100-200 years, with flowering occurring after about 15 years. Once your tree is established, expect fragrant blooms every summer.

The tree’s flowers are attractive to bees and linden is an important source of excellent honey. Hollow linden trees found in the woods are often filled with honey. The attractive white wood of linden is often used for beehive honey frames, furniture, and crates. The fragrant flowers are also distilled for use in perfumes.

This native tree serves as a good street or landscape tree. It is conical in form with broad oval leaves that turn yellow in the fall. American Linden prefers fertile moist well-drained loams. It is a cold-hardy tree that grows as far north as Canada.

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Bloom Color Yellow
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Zone Range 3 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 75 - 90' tall x 40 - 50' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 75 - 90' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow shade trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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