How to Care for a Linden Tree


The linden tree grows to a height of between 50 and 80 feet. This tree, also known as the basswood tree, thrives in sunny areas of the landscape. The linden tree prefers a rich, moist soil, but survives in a broad range of soils. These trees produce attractive, fragrant blossoms in the early summer. These trees are native to the state of Minnesota and thrive in areas with similar climates. Proper care of these trees includes correct placement, planting techniques and management practices.

Step 1

Select an area in your landscape that provides adequate conditions for growing your linden trees. Pick a spot that receives a majority of daytime sunlight. Although linden trees tolerate partial shade, they grow best in areas that receive large amounts of unfiltered sunlight. Choose an area that provides some protection from strong winds and allows adequate space for the mature size of a linden tree. Avoid planting these trees in the shade of larger specimens.

Step 2

Prepare the soil in your selected site. Loosen the topsoil with a garden shovel. Incorporate soil nutrients into the existing soil to provide a rich environment for your linden tree's roots. Add compost or aged manure to poor soils. Loosen heavy, clay soils with a small amount of peat moss. Combine all ingredients into the existing soil and plant your linden tree in the prepared soil. Dig the hole large enough to provide plenty of space for the root ball. Use a garden shovel to backfill the rest of the hole with your prepared soil.

Step 3

Water your linden tree every few days after planting. Keep the soil around your linden tree slightly moist. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Provide plenty of water during arid periods to keep moisture near the tree's roots.

Step 4

Check the health of your linden tree by watching for limp, weak foliage. Curled leaves and distorted foliage often signal the presence of mites or exposure to chemical herbicides. Inadequate amounts of water also cause linden trees to exhibit limp and distorted foliage. Keep herbicides away from the area surrounding a linden tree. Avoid treating nearby shrubs, plants and grasses with herbicides.

Step 5

Treat mites and aphids on linden trees with a pesticide formulated for use on these trees. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying the herbicide to the foliage. Select a dry day without wind to apply spray herbicides to your tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Compost or manure
  • Peat moss
  • Pesticide


  • North Dakota State University: American Linden or Basswood
  • Colorado State University: Linden trees
  • University of Minnesota: Trees
Keywords: Linden tree, Basswood tree, Trees

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