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AMERICAN LINDEN
Tilia americana

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Photo Locations: University of Minnesota, Louisiana State Arboretum - Ville Platte, LA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA and Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA

General Notes

Susceptible to honeydew drip caused by aphids. Faster growing in hot, inland areas.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to Eastern North America.

A Tilia americana in Sacramento is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 72 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 106 inches and a crown spread of 52 feet.

Family: Tiliaceae

Additional Common Names

AMERICAN LINDEN, BASSWOOD

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Conical, Rounded or Spreading Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 40 - 65 feet.

Width: 20 - 25 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Ovate with Cordate base, Dark Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Yellow or White. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Gray or Mostly Green Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter.

Bark Dark Gray, Light Gray or Light Green, Furrowed, Ridged or Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 1 - 17.

USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Spider Mites and Scales, Root Rot, Sooty Mold and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Bees, Squirrels, and Birds.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Tilia americana Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/tilia-americana >

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