39 American Linden Tree Facts: Fruits, Flowers & Much More!

Devangana Rathore
Jan 11, 2023 By Devangana Rathore
Originally Published on Jan 11, 2022
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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American Linden tree facts for kids.

The basswood tree, a member of the Malvaceae family, thrives in USDA plant tolerance zones three to eight.

Although its summer flowers aren't show-stoppers, they have a pleasant scent that bees and butterflies find attractive. In addition, basswood trees are low-maintenance and have a lifespan of roughly 150 years.

In symbolism, the linden tree maintains a unique holy place, signifying love, affection, and kindness. It is associated with Gemini, Sagittarius, and Taurus in the Zodiac and is connected to Jupiter, Mercury, and the Sun.

Linden is the tree of both Aphrodite and Venus in Greek and Roman mythology, and it represents marital love and loyalty. Linden is thought to counteract bad energy. Linden, according to the Chinese, reduces forgetfulness, tames rebelliousness, and provides soothing energy, providing a sense of warmth and tranquility.

Classification Of American Linden Tree

The linden tree, also referred to as basswood, bee tree, honey-tree, or lime tree, is a widespread deciduous tree found all around the northern hemisphere. It's easy to spot because of its massive heart-shaped green leaves that change yellow in the fall, and fragrant flowers bloom in the early summer.

  • The American linden develops to be 60-80 ft (18.2-24.3 m) tall.
  • Length and rate of growth are heavily influenced by soil conditions and fertility.
  • It produces clusters of yellow flowers dangle on a tall stalk tied to a leaf-like wing on this tree.
  • The linden tree, also known as basswood, is a fast-growing tree prized by gardeners for its versatility and beauty.
  • In addition, these trees uniquely produce sap. Just one of these trees may coat your car, grass, pathway, and everything else in its path with a sticky sap coating.
  • The leaves are rough-toothed, dark green outside and lighter green below, and range in size from 4-8 in (10-20.3 cm).
  • The leaves are alternating and straightforward. Because of their massive size (up to 8 in ( 20.3 cm) in length and 5-6 in (12.7-15.2 cm) wide) and heart shape, they stand out.
  • The tree has huge leaves that give lots of shade and fragrant flowers that attract bees in search of sweet nectar.
  • The linden tree leaves are large, heart-shaped, and asymmetrical, having pointy ends and serrated edges.


History Of American Linden Tree

American linden was first grown in North America around 1752. Tilia is the Latin word for the lime or linden tree, and it belongs to the genus Tilia.

Carolus Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist who invented the binomial naming system, was named after a giant linden tree in his family's home. Here are some more fun facts connecting this tree to its American roots (quite literally! ).

  • Linden trees are well-known for providing good shade.
  • Consider planting a linden tree if you have a large landscape and lots of places for a medium-to-large tree to scatter its branches.
  • These handsome trees have a loose canopy that casts dappled shade on the land below while enabling just enough sunshine to reach shade grasses with flowers to grow beneath the tree.
  • Linden trees are deciduous trees that are prized for their flexibility and resilience.
  • Linden trees are attractive trees that thrive in urban environments because they can withstand various stresses, including pollution.
  • Even in challenging situations, this is a highly dependable shade tree. It can withstand a broad range of soil conditions.
  • In addition, Linden trees have extremely flexible timber, ideal for wide, windy locations. As a result, many common tree pests are unaffected.
  • Growing rapidly, The tree's thin, upturned limbs produce a thick, homogeneous crown with a conical shape.
  • As a single specimen and when allowed to set up a cluster, the tree is majestic.
  • Linden trees grow at a moderate rate, gaining around 13-24 in (33-61 cm) every year.

Uses Of American Linden Tree

Children's toys, furniture, and paper pulp are all made from the Linden tree. Because it is reasonably soft and simple to work with, it is a popular choice for hand carving. It has a lot of other uses and has proven to be a very useful resource, and you can read all about it here:

  • Basswood trees thrive in riparian locations with wet soil and can resist floods for short periods.
  • They can also be employed as shade trees, windbreaks, or a focal point in the landscape.
  • According to the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, the root damage risk of 'fastigiata' and 'redmond' basswood is minimal, whereas Tilia Americana's is moderate; hence basswood is an acceptable streetside tree.
  • In addition, several species of linden are trimmed to make above-ground hedges throughout Europe.
  • The tree's flowers attract honeybees, and linden is a valuable source of high-quality honey.
  • In the forests, hollow linden trees are frequently laden with honey.
  • In addition, Linden wood can be used for bee-hive honey frames because of its lovely white color.
  • Although basswood is susceptible to fire, it is among the eastern hardwoods least affected by late spring ices.
  • Fruits are produced singly or in bunches on a stalk linked to a leaf-like structure.

Environmental Factors

This tree will reach its maximum potential if given full sun with rich, wet, well-drained soil. A wide pH range, clay, and partial shade are all tolerated by American linden. It's known for being adaptable. The American Linden thrives very well in its climate, and you can understand its resilience with this article:

  • Japanese beetles frequently graze on the linden tree's foliage. The American linden is prone to storm damage due to its tiny crotches and soft wood.
  • The optimal time to deploy a linden tree is in the autumn, just after leaves drop; however, container-grown plants can be planted at any time.
  • Select a place that receives full sun or partial light and has wet, well-drained soil.
  • Each week, the young tree requires roughly an inch of water.
  • However, if rainfall is consistent, you won't need to water. Avoid creating damp soil conditions since this might induce root rot.
  • Droughts and hot weather, such as in the summer, will demand more watering. Fertilizing in the fall is great.
  • The tree does not need much trimming in its initial phases. On the other hand, well-established linden trees will profit from a regular trim.
  • Pruning is best done in the winter. Cut unwanted branches all the way back to the base. It will aid in the tree's preparation for the hard winter conditions.
  • Finally, fertilizer fertilizes the ground beneath the tree up to the drip line. You don't need to fertilize the tree for the first two years.
  • Linden tree cuttings must be grafted onto a base to keep the plant alive for as long enough for the slice to produce its roots.
  • Nurse root grafting is the term for this procedure. A root is cut lengthwise, and a 3 in (7.6 cm) deep split is made across it.

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Written by Devangana Rathore

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

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Devangana RathoreBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

Devangana is a highly accomplished content writer and a deep thinker with a Master's degree in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. With a wealth of experience in copywriting, she has worked with The Career Coach in Dublin and is constantly looking to enhance her skills through online courses from some of the world's leading universities. Devangana has a strong background in computer science and is also an accomplished editor and social media manager. Her leadership skills were honed during her time as the literacy society president and student president at the University of Delhi.

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