The Q&A Archives: Linden Tree

Question: What is a Linden Tree and how is it cared for?

Answer: There are several types of Linden, but the American Linden or Basswood is a native tree which is rarely seen in home landscapes although it is very adaptable. According to Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants", the species grows very large, possibly even to 100 feet, and has little or no fall color. It does best in good rich moist soil but will grow in less auspicious spots given full to partial sun.

The Littleleaf Linden (Tilia cordata) is slightly smaller and more of an ornamental tree. It prefers a moist yet not soggy soil and full sun. This one is often used as a street tree and in yards. Some of the named varieties are smaller still, so there are many possible uses for it. T. cordata is hardy from zone 3 to zone 7 -- not particularly heat tolerant.

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