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Tilia americana

Description

American linden is a useful shade tree in the Malvaceae family. It is easy to transplant is tolerant of clay soil and some drought once established. It has pale yellow-green fall color.

Seasons of Interest:

Foliage: Fall Bloom: Summer, June Fruit: Late Summer Branches: Winter, red

Wildlife Value:  An amazing wildlife tree and a larval plant for red spotted purple and mourning cloak butterflies. Its flowers are so attractive to honeybees you may hear the tree buzzing from several feet away. The nectar makes an excellent tasting honey. Its seeds are eaten by birds and squirrels.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems. You may see borers, beetles, lacebugs, caterpillars, and scale. In hot, dry conditions spider mites may pose a signifcant problem. While infrequent, Verticillium wilt can be fatal. Powdery mildew, leaf spots, and cankers are other diseases that rarely occur. 

Compare this plant to: T. cordataT. tomentosa and T. x europaea) may make better selections for urban areas.

Cultivars:
  • Redmond
Tags:
#bees#deciduous#fall color#birds#pollinators#shade tree#drought tolerant#edible#wildlife plant#winter interest#clay soil#larval plant#low flammability#fire resistant
Cultivars:
  • Redmond
Tags:
#bees#deciduous#fall color#birds#pollinators#shade tree#drought tolerant#edible#wildlife plant#winter interest#clay soil#larval plant#low flammability#fire resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tilia
    Species:
    americana
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    fire in the landscape.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds