Audubon Native American Linden and native birds
Native American Linden flowers and foliage
Native American Linden tree
Native Regions map for American Linden
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Blue Jay
White Breasted Nuthatch
Audubon Native American Linden and native birds
Native American Linden flowers and foliage
Native American Linden tree
Native Regions map for American Linden
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
Blue Jay
White Breasted Nuthatch

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 50-80' tall
  • Mature Width: 30-50' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade
  • Spacing: 30-50' apart


  • May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, woodpeckers, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, waxwings, nuthatches, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, crows & jays, vireos
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. 
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife 
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment. 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower 
  • Size A and larger - Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Audubon® American Linden

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Tilia americana

Regular price $375.00
In Stock - Ships in 2 to 3 weeks
Shipping included
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Why the Audubon® American Linden?

That heavenly season between spring and summer (sprummer?) gets even sweeter with American Linden. That’s when this splendid native shade tree opens its honey-scented flowers, and the fragrance is divine. Honey bees delight in the blooms, too, and turn the nectar into actual honey of a very high grade. Native bees like bumblebees and green metallic bees also get in on the action. For birds, American Linden offers nourishment of another sort—caterpillars! Its broad foliage hosts up to 147 species of moth and butterfly caterpillars, which serve as valuable protein for many (if not most) songbirds. Feed the birds and the bees with this magnificent native tree.

American Linden, also known as Basswood, is found most abundantly in the Great Lakes states. Its range spans the Midwest and the Northeast. This mighty forest tree was once valued for its inner bark fibers, which can be fashioned into strong, supple rope. Its wood is light and quite soft, and has been used to make crates, boxes, lightweight furniture parts, honeycomb frames, and electric guitar bodies. Because the wood is so soft, cavities may develop in old trees, creating homes for hollow-dwelling birds like woodpeckers, bluebirds, titmice, and nuthatches.

How to use in the landscape?

We don’t often think of shade trees as butterfly plants, but some of them are much more important than pretty flowers when it comes to sustaining butterflies. American Linden feeds question mark, mourning cloak, red spotted purple, and eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillars, which—with a little luck—turn into beautiful butterflies that will grace your garden.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-9

    Mature Height: 50-80' tall

    Mature Width: 30-50' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 30-50' apart

How To Plant

American Linden is a large, noble tree for spacious sites in full sun or part shade. Clay is acceptable, but the soil should drain well. This tree prefers regular irrigation, though it’s somewhat drought tolerant once established. Mulch with wood chips or bark mulch to keep the root zone cool and moist. American Linden doesn’t cope well with salt or pollution, so it isn’t ideal for urban situations, like some of the European Lindens. It’s also vulnerable to Japanese beetle attacks, so plant with caution if these pests are prevalent in your area.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-9


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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