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Linden (Tilia spp. )    
Family: Tiliaceae      
                 
  Linden

Location:

  • Found in moist soils of valleys, uplands or humid temperate regions

Characteristics:

  • Deciduous tree (except in tropics)
  • Large tree with a dense crown

Uses:

 
 

 

 

Leaves:

  • Alternate, simple, often toothed
  • paired stipules
       
  Linden leaf  
         

 

Bark:

  • light-medium gray
  • smooth or furrowing to scaly ridges

Flowers:

  • 10 mm (3/8 in) diameter
  • Nutlike, elliptical shape
  • Maturing in late summer and autumn, persisting into winter
 
  Linden bark  
 

 

Notes:

Warning: Flowering structures strongly attract bees in early summer, hence the alternative name ‘bee-tree’. For astringents available against bee stings, visit our medicinal plants page.

 

       
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