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Legend Linden*

Tilia americana 'Legend'

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Legend Linden (Tilia americana 'Legend') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Legend Linden in bloom

Legend Linden in bloom

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Legend Linden (Tilia americana 'Legend') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Legend Linden in fall

Legend Linden in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3b

Other Names:  Basswood, American Linden

Description:

A choice shade tree for smaller landscapes, featuring a narrow pyramidal form, clean habit and fragrant yellow flowers in early summer, grows smaller than the species although slightly less hardy; very adaptable and low maintenance

Ornamental Features

Legend Linden features subtle clusters of fragrant buttery yellow flowers with tan bracts hanging below the branches in early summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Legend 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

Legend Linden is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Legend Linden will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 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 70 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.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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