Friday, July 15, 2022

Losing our Linden (Basswood or Tilia Americana)

The linden, in the fervors of July,
Hums with a louder concert. When the wind
Sweeps the broad forest in its summer prime,
As when some master-hand exulting sweeps
The keys of some great organ, ye give forth
The music of the woodland depths, a hymn
Of gladness and of thanks.

William Cullen Bryant

It has been providing shade here for 90 to 100 years, our neighbor Bill Dudrow says.  About 20 years ago a large section fell on the deck, but after having it trimmed (actually major surgery) we were told it was healthy although somewhat deformed.  Then this summer we noticed a large area of decay developing.  The tree  man came out yesterday and told us the old damaged trunk was splitting and that was the cause of the decay at the bottom.  It will have to come down.  Sigh.


The Linden range extends from New Brunswick south to Georgia, and west to Nebraska and Texas.  It is a soft wood, and I hear it's good for carving and cabinets. It has heart shaped leaves and early in the summer develops clusters of blossom-buds in greenish-yellow, which bees love, and the deck requires constant sweeping.

Information from "Our Trees: How to know them" by Arthur I. Emerson. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 5th ed., 1936.  

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