Plant Information

Plant Information

American Linden*

American linden (Tilia americana)

Planting Site:
N/R +35 yrs

The American linden is native to Illinois, found growing in woodlands in association with sugar maples. This tree, with its huge heart-shaped leaves and flowers favored by bees for making a fine honey, grows rapidly with wide-spreading branches up to 90 feet tall, too big for most yards. It is not readily available in the trade, and many gardeners would not plant it if it were. Instead, our experts are recommending a selection called 'Redmond'. Click on the cultivar icon to learn more about this immense tree with a top variety.

Illinois native species.

Tilia americanaTilia americana


Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years