Tilia americana (American Linden) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they are challenging and may require a lot of patience. I have read that they might take 2 or even 3 years to germinate, because they have a very hard seed coat. But apparently you can increase your odds of success by sowing the seeds soon after collection, while the seed coat is still relatively soft. Sow about 1/2 inch deep in a pot outdoors, or in a nursery bed.

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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. These seeds are from wild trees growing here at Hayefield in Bucks County, PA. Full sun to light shade; average soil. Zones 3 to 8.

Collected starting in early September 2023. At least 15 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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