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Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  2-8

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  50-80' Height and 30-50' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average soils

Plant Characteristics

Basswood / American Linden

Tilia Americana

Basswood (also known as American Linden) is often used as a specimen or dense shade tree. Beautiful and sturdy, its heart-shaped green leaves and pale yellow fragrant flowers in June make it especially attractive. The Basswood exhibits an oval to round shape with smooth gray to brown bark when young. The bark matures to a scaly and furrowed form with age. American Linden is native to the Midwest and northeastern part of the United States. This beautiful and sturdy tree is often used as a specimen or dense shade tree.

Honey made from the nectar of these flowers is a prized gourmet item. Basswood flowers have also been used to make tea. Basswood will begin flowering at around 15 years of age. Syrup can be made from the sweet tree sap. The American Linden is generally intolerant of air pollution and urban conditions. Displays fair drought tolerance once it is established.

Product Questions

Hi - would you say Lindens are slow-growers? I'm in zone 7a and will plant them in more or less full sun I hope to use as a privacy screen along my property boundary. Do you ever sell Littleleaf Lindens? How about Hornbeam? Thank you
Question by: David Filer on Jan 28, 2021, 9:06 PM
We categorize them as a medium growth rate once established. Approximately 12-24" per year on average after established. Full sun to part sun would be best for the Linden. We do not carry the Littleleaf Linden or Hornbeam.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 30, 2021, 12:23 PM
When is the best time of year to plant an American Basswood tree? zone 7b. My property on a slant at 1200 feet elevation. Thank you.
Question by: Me on Oct 10, 2022, 2:41 PM
We only offer a spring delivery. We feel it is best to plant dormant nursery stock in the spring. A potted plant can be planted at most anytime of the year as long as there is not frost in the ground. We recommend you place and order in the fall to reserve your stock for the spring delivery.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Oct 10, 2022, 2:53 PM