Cool Plant: September 3, 2009
|Species Native Range: East of the Mississippi
|Hardiness: USDA Zones 3-9
|Mature Size: 60 feet tall & 30 feet wide
|Exposure: Full sun to light shade
|Soil: Rich, moist but well-drained
|Drought Tolerance: Fair to good
|Ease of Culture: Easy
The American Linden tree is a lovely but little used shade tree with an upright habit, large heart-shaped, toothed leaves
and drooping clusters of creamy white flowers in summer. In fall, the clusters of seeds begin as white and slowly change to
tan giving the tree an interesting color and texture. I am at a loss as to why this tree is not used more often in
commercial and residential landscapes. Several cultivars are available on the market including 'Redmond' and 'American Sentry'.
Use linden trees as shade or street trees in open lawn areas planted as specimens or in groups. Make sure to space and site
the trees in locations where there is adequate space. Grouped trees should be planted approximately 30 feet apart.
Plant linden trees in full sun to light shade in rich organic soil that is moist but well-drained. All trees should be
planted in the fall through winter (Sep-Feb) to allow for better establishment prior to the next summer.
Good companion plants include irises, black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, flowering groundcovers and once enough
shade is established, ferns, hostas, hellebores and astilbes.
This tree may take some searching to find. I've had good luck with retail nurseries that carry a broad selection of
Buck Jones Nursery
John Deere Landscapes
GNPS Nursery List
Nature Hills Nursery (mail order)
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