American Linden

  

(Tilia americana)


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A common forest, and occasional street tree Native to Ontario and the Niagara region. The American Linden is known for its large, heart-shaped, serrated leaves. Its fragrant flowers in Spring attract bees and other pollinators. The wood is light and very evenly and grained making it ideal for carving. All parts of the tree are edible edible including the buds, leaves, bark and flowers. Medicinal benefits from the Linden include treatment for colds, fever, cough, high blood pressure, headaches and many other ailments.

Leaves

Large, dark green leaves, 5-6" long. The colour is pale yellow in the fall. Tea can be made from them to reduce stress, help with digestion and detoxify the body.

Twigs & Buds

Red, tear-drop shaped, edible buds with 2 bud scales.

Flowers & Fruit

White, bee-friendly, fragrant flowers in late June to early July. Seed dormancy lasts 2-5 years making it difficult to grow from seed.

Insects & Disease

Lots of foliage feeding insects including aphids and Japanese Beetles can cause partial defoliation. Leaf gall can cause appearance issues with minimal harm to the tree.