American Sentry Linden

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American Sentry Linden Symmetrical Shade Tree

  • Fragrant Flowers
  • Wonderful Form
  • Hardy Shade Tree
  • Spring and Fall Color
  • Wildlife Appeal
  • Butterflies Love It
  • Very Valuable Tree

What a wonderful shade tree! The hardy American Sentry Linden (Tilia americana 'McKSentry') is a landscapers favorite, and just loaded with ornamental features. This is a stately American treasure that will surely become a valuable asset in your yard, especially during those hot summer months.

Everyone knows that Linden trees are magnets for Japanese Beetles where populations are high. However, we are hearing that American Sentry Linden has shown some nice resistance to Japanese Beetles. This is great news for your landscape!

It grows to just about the perfect size, substantial enough for a large landscape, but not too big for a smaller yard. You'll love the large, heart-shaped leaves that cast dense, delicious shade.

The American Linden, also called the Basswood tree, starts out pyramidal in shape but becomes rounded at maturity. The American Sentry variety presents a pleasing, symmetrical profile through a very uniform branch structure. This gives the tree a strong foundation for its heart-shaped green leaves.

The leaves are textured with serrated edges. With a dark green top and lighter tones underneath, they'll bring a lovely sense of movement as they move in the breeze.

In spring, clusters of sweetly fragrant pale yellow flowers grace its branches. Fragrant cymes of yellow-hued blossoms dangle from the grey/brown branches and act as an attractive lure to pollinators.

As summer progresses, you'll enjoy watching woody, pea-sized seeds form. They add a tremendous amount of visual interest. Their light green shade provides a slight variation in color throughout your tree for the late summer.

The flowers give way to small nutlets attached to 5-inch "wings" in late summer. When autumn appears, Linden's leaves will take a dramatic step as green leaves transform to brilliant yellow.

The American Linden tree is an excellent choice for almost any yard and would certainly be a strong and useful sentinel next to your house for years to come. Order today!

How to Use American Sentry Linden in the Landscape

A tremendously valuable tree for its many usages, the American Linden has been an American landscape favorite for hundreds of years. One would look terrific in your front or side yard.

If you have a large property and are looking for cash crops, Linden is a great addition for homesteaders.

The wood is also valued for its light, yet strong nature and is suitable for a wide variety of uses. Every part of the Linden has had importance from the inner bark being used to make rope and mats to the fine heartwood that is used to make everything from shipping crates and veneer, to fine furniture.

Parts of the tree have medicinal uses and can be easily harvested to produce holistic products for sale. They can be processed into a number of different holistic medicines to treat everything from coughs and colds to high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. Tea is produced from the leaves.

The most notable use of the American Linden is in the production of a fine brown honey. Some consider the honey from Linden flowers to be some of the best available.

Try setting up beehives and processing Linden/Basswood honey. With dark color and delectable flavor, it will be a huge hit at local farmer's markets and online.

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.

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This popular specimen or shade tree is native throughout the southeastern portions of Canada and from eastern North Dakota south to Oklahoma and east through the Ohio river valley to Tennessee and North Carolina. It's widely adaptable to many types of soils and climates.

It thrives in a rural environment and is tolerant of periods of wet and dry. However, it has been generally considered intolerant of inner-city environment where it appears sensitive to pollution. In urban conditions, one of the European varieties of Tilia such as Tilia cordata or Little Leaf Linden is recommended.

American Sentry Linden doesn't mind a bit of drought and can adapt to a variety of soils and conditions. The tree requires good drainage but can tolerate both wet and dry locations if the drainage is good. This tree is not affected by higher pH soils as many other varieties of shade tree are.

If you're considering a shade tree, why choose something that only provides shade? Choose an American Linden, a tree that provides shade, stately beauty, and so much more. 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

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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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 Sentry Linden Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Tilia americana 'McKSentry'
Mature Height 40 - 45 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 30 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