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True North Linden

Tilia americana 'Duros'

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True North Linden (Tilia americana 'Duros') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

True North Linden

True North Linden

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Height:  49 feet

Spread:  16 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Basswood, American Linden


One of the hardiest selections of American linden available, this tree features a narrowly pyramidal habit of growth with ascending branches, excellent for tighter spaces; fragrant flowers in early summer, bark is silvery gray when young

Ornamental Features

True North Linden is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It features subtle clusters of fragrant buttery yellow flowers with tan bracts hanging below the branches in early summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The large heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

True North Linden is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

True North Linden is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

True North Linden will grow to be about 49 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Shade  Articulation 
Flowers  Fall Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features