Type of tree:
The Littleleaf Linden falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
The Littleleaf Linden grows in acidic, alkaline, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, wet, clay soils.
The Littleleaf Linden is a wonderful shade tree with a pleasing form and lustrous dark-green leaves.
The tree grows in sun or partial shade, will tolerate alkaline soil if it is moist, and it transplants well. It is not particularly tolerant of drought, scorching at the leaf margins in summer drought. But this apparently does little long-term harm. It is more tolerant of heat and compact soil than American Basswood. Many communities plant Linden along the streets due to its rapid growth rate and dense, symmetrical crown but Littleleaf Linden is sensitive to road salt. There are a number of cultivars with a variety of habits.
The flowers of the Littleleaf Linden attract bees and hummingbirds and the soft wood often provides nesting sites for cavity-dwelling birds.
The lumber from the Linden is light and strong, often used for wooden spoons and other utensils and in inexpensive furniture. It is also used for beehives and honeycomb frames. The blossoms themselves can be used for tea. This tree is related to jute, which is in the tropical genus Corchorus.
The Littleleaf Linden grows well in moist soils, but does not do well in wet areas or in severe drought.
The Littleleaf Linden has leaves that go from light green to glossy dark green as the season wears on. Each leaf is about 2-1/2 inches across.
This tree produces bright yellow flowers that are very fragrant and attractive against the dark green leaves.
The Littleleaf Linden blooms in early summer. .
The fruit of this Linden is similar to a peppercorn in size and shape and is light tan in color.