Tilia americana

American Linden or Basswood

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune if needed when tree is dormant.

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A native tree that is particularly long-lived and considered not fussy with very minimal maintenance required.

  • Fragrant, creamy yellow flowers in June
  • Yellow fall foliage
  • Attracts bees and butterflies

Locate where wildlife activity can be appreciated in a space with plenty of room to grow.  Protect from hot winds. Best in eastern and central Kansas, needs protection in western Kansas.

Height: 50-80 ft
Spread: 30-50 ft
Zone: 2-8
Color: Yellow

Interesting Notes about American Linden:

For naturalizing only this giant tree grows best in rich, moist soils and does not appreciate air pollution in populated regions.  It is a native tree and can certainly be used in the landscape where its popularity will soon become apparent when the bees delight in the nectar of the flowers and the birds take refuge and feast on the seeds.  

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Specimen
  • Fall Color
  • Native
  • Great Foliage
  • Attractive fruit
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Disease Resistant

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Green


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained