American Linden

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Valuable Native American Linden Shade Tree

  • Wonderful Native Tree
  • Fragrant Flowers
  • Basswood Honey
  • Well-Shaped, Hardy Shade Tree
  • Interest in Spring, Summer and Fall
  • Wildlife Appeal

Nature Hills is proud to offer the hard-to-find American Linden (Tilia americana) tree. This tree is a national treasure with a lush foliage, strong wood, and amazing flowers. As it grows, Linden becomes a valuable asset in your yard.

Large, heart-shaped leaves cast dappled shade during hot summer months. They are dark green and held on strong, uniformly spaced branches, which makes this an excellent choice to use as a lovely shade tree.

Linden is well-known for its regal presence in the landscape. This stately tree makes a substantial impact in a large landscape.

Also known as the Basswood tree, the American Linden features fragrant clusters of pale yellow flowers that dangle from textured branches. They'll draw pollinators in to come feast on the nectar and carry laden pollen sacs back to the hive. Basswood honey simply can't be beat!

This gourmet honey is rich and dark. Homesteaders and entrepreneurs should consider setting up a profitable bee-keeping business with a stand of American Linden set in a pasture or back lot.

The fragrant flowers give way to small nutlets attached to 3-4" wings in summer. The pale green wings give a wonderful visual interest throughout your tree for the late summer. They make a nice contrast to the dark green leaves. When autumn comes on, the Linden's foliage deepens into mellow yellow fall color.

The American Linden tree will please all your senses through the year. Order today!

How to Use American Linden in the Landscape

American Linden has been an American landscape favorite for hundreds of years. It's even, well-structured profile works in a wide variety of garden styles. It looks beautifully formal in a large front yard.

The color variation from the leaves and lighter green wings would also stand up in a rustic setting. Pair with shaggy, native evergreens along the back fence to cast welcome shade an overly bright backyard.

Not only used as a lovely ornamental, American Linden is a valuable tree with potential as a cash crop. Grow them for specialty timber. Hobby woodworkers across the country love to use the fine heartwood to make fine, bespoke furniture.

Create holistic products from the leaves and flowers as part of an herbal online store. Or, set up shop as a bee-keeper. American Linden produces a fine brown honey. Some consider the honey from Linden flowers to be some of the best available.

The European Lindens, such as the Tilia cordata, have been used for centuries to make some of the finest honeys in the world. The American Basswood produces the same fine-quality honey as its European relatives.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Native to a wide swathe of North America, the American Linden is widely adaptable to many types of soils and climates. Once established, American Linden doesn't mind a bit of drought. A nice, thick layer of mulch over the root system will help to keep it cool in dry times.

The tree requires good drainage, but can tolerate both wet and dry locations. It can also tolerate higher pH soils.

Perfect for large properties, you won't want to miss out on the fragrance, style and grace of the beautiful American Linden. Order today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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American Linden Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Tilia americana
Mature Height 75 - 90 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 45 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes