The Linden tree is one of my personal favourites for Edmonton yards. Its fragrant spring flowers (second only to maybe the lilac) have inspired art and poetry more centuries; making them a public park staple since the first public parks were inaugurated. Few trees have stood the test of time like the linden. Its uniform, low maintenance, and stable growth habit, none intrusive (less surface) root system, picturesque shape, resilience and endurance make is a very strong offering when it comes to large, urban, estate trees.

What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: With proper care, these trees can live for 100-200 years, or even longer in some cases.
  • Canopy Size and Spread: Depending on the species, Linden trees can reach a mature spread of 30-60 feet, creating a significant shade canopy.
  • Growth Rate: The growth rate can vary depending on the species, but most Lindens are moderate growers, adding 1-2 feet per year after establishment.
  • Canopy Height: Maturity brings a height of 50-80 feet for many Linden species, providing ample shade for homes and larger landscapes.
  • Soil Preference: Lindens generally prefer moist, well-drained soils but can adapt to various conditions.
  • Water Needs: Moderately water-dependent, especially during the first few years after planting and during dry spells. Once established, they are moderately drought tolerant.
  • Light Requirements: Lindens are versatile when it comes to sunlight. They thrive in full sun but also tolerate partial shade, making them suitable for a variety of garden settings.
  • Flowers and Fruits: Fragrant, creamy-white flowers appear in clusters in late spring or early summer, lasting 1-2 weeks. These are followed by small, nut-like fruits that mature in fall.

Interesting Facts

  • Fragrant Blooms: Linden trees are renowned for their clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers that adorn the branches in late spring or early summer. The sweet scent fills the air, creating a delightful sensory experience.
  • Beautiful and Adaptable: Lindens boast attractive heart-shaped leaves that provide ample shade in summer. They are also surprisingly adaptable, tolerating various soil conditions, moderate drought, and varying levels of sunlight.
  • Long Lifespan: With proper care, Linden trees can live for hundreds of years, becoming majestic focal points in your landscape for generations to come.
  • Wildlife Haven: The fragrant flowers and dense foliage of Linden trees provide a haven for pollinators like bees and butterflies, while the seeds offer a food source for birds.
  • Honeycomb Haven: Linden trees are a favorite food source for bees, producing a fragrant and flavorful honey prized for its light color and delicate taste.
  • Basswood and European Linden: In North America, Linden trees are commonly called basswood, while the European species are referred to as Lindens or limes.
  • Symbolic Significance: Throughout history, Linden trees have held symbolic meaning, representing conjugal love, longevity, and peace.


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