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Cultural Details for Tilia americana

Common Name:
American Linden, Basswood

Growth Rate:
Medium. 20-30' over a 20 year period.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect pale yellow, 0.50" wide, fragrant borne in 2-3" wide, pendulous cymes, mid-late June

Fruit Details:
Nut like, 0.33-0.50" long, grayish, thick-shelled, September through late October.

Fall Color:
Pale yellow

Bark Details:
Gray to Brown, broken into many long narrow scaly ridges.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Scales and Linden mite can be and often are serious problems. Many insects, a few are Walnut lace bug, Basswood leaf miner, Elm saw fly, thrips and Linden borer.

Native Habitat:
Zones 3b-8, Canada to Virginia and Alabama, west to N. Dakota and Texas, Maine to Florida.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Transplants readily, prefers deep moist fertile soils, pH adaptable, full sun or partial shade, not particularly air pollutant tolerant

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
3010, 8628

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.