American linden (Tilia americana), also known as American basswood, is a large deciduous tree that can eventually reach 60 to 80 feet tall. It’s generally considered a shade tree, but I treasure it for its short but enjoyable, early-summer bloom season. The scented, creamy yellow flowers are popular with bees, and you can dry them to make a delicious and delightfully fragrant tea. The leaves are also edible—tasty, in fact, particularly when young and tender. Native to much of central and eastern North America. PA ecotype. Full sun to light shade; average soil. Zones 3 to 8.
Collected in mid September 2022 from wild trees growing here at Hayefield in Bucks County, PA. At least 15 seeds.
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