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Tilia americana

Common Name(s):
American basswood, American linden
Cultivar(s):
Redmond
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Useful as shade tree in urban areas; easy to transplant; good honey plant; drought and air pollution tolerant; larval plant for red spotted purple and morning cloak butterflies; seeds eaten by birds and squirrels; yellow fall color.

Height:
60-100 ft.
Flower:
Lacy cluster of fragrant cream flowers; nut like structure attached to a papery bract
Zones:
2 to 8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; moist, well drained fertile soil; tolerates dry soil and clay but not wet sites; keep soil mulched
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Pyramidal in youth; tall tree; slender, low, arching, spreading branches; broad; rounded; open crown
Width:
45-60 ft.
Leaf:
4 to 8 in. alternate, simple leaves; modest yellow green fall color
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 2219

Tilia americana Tilia americana leaf detail
Photo by Virens, CC BY - 2.0
Tilia americana Tilia americana
Photo by Wendy Cutler, CC BY - 2.0