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Frontyard® American Linden

Tilia americana 'Bailyard'
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Natural elegance! Frontyard® American Linden, a.k.a. Basswood, is a majestic native shade tree for large estates, spacious suburban plots, and country homes. Taking the shape of a neat, symmetrical pyramid, it will lend a formal touch to your front yard OR backyard. This is a tree you’ll be grateful for on hot summer days. Its canopy of thickly set, heart-shaped leaves casts an especially deep, cooling shade. In autumn, the leaves often turn a lovely golden color before falling. If you’re not yet sold on Frontyard® American Linden, consider the masses of creamy yellow flowers it produces in early summer. They smell heavenly!

Growth Facts

The Story

The American Linden Tree is a cherished part of North America’s natural history. It’s native from Canada to Kansas and North Carolina. People have taken shelter under this tree’s cooling canopy for thousands of years and have valued it for many reasons. For instance, archaeologists have found Native American jewelry over 2,000 years old strung on cords made from its inner bark. American Linden’s lightweight, fine-grained wood has been used to make boxes, barrels, and duck decoys. More recently, Basswood has been used in manufacturing electric guitars. Frontyard® American Linden was selected at Bailey’s Nurseries in Minnesota. It was chosen for its dense, symmetrical, pyramidal habit.

The Details

Calling all honeybees! With their intoxicating fragrance, Frontyard® American Linden’sblossoms aren’t just appealing to people. They also attract honeybees, which make a first-rate honey from them. The blooms can be made into a tea for human consumption as well. Herbalists have long recommended Linden tea for colds, coughs, and other ailments.

How to Grow

Frontyard® American Linden is a large, noble tree for spacious sites in full sun or part shade. Clay is acceptable, but the soil should drain well. This tree prefers regular irrigation, though it’s somewhat drought tolerant once established. It doesn’t cope well with salt or pollution, so it isn’t a great urban tree, like some of the European Lindens. It’s also vulnerable to Japanese beetle attacks, and we don’t recommend it if these pests are prevalent in your area. Frontyard® thrives in northern climates. Being from Minnesota, it can handle winter lows to -40ºF!

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