The Little Leaf Linden is known all over Europe as a bee tree.The Linden is known in Europe as the Lime tree. This name has nothing to do with citrus.It is used widely as a landscape tree. It has a versatility uncommon in trees and can be shaped in seemingly unending ways.It can be used as a tall hedge, it can be pollarded, pleached, boxed and rounded. There is even a famous arched walkway shaded by trained Lindens.
The wood of the Linden is also called Lime by woodworkers. It is even grained, very stable, light in weight and easily carved. Many of the interior architectural carvings in Europe are carved from Lime. This includes many of the gilded ecclesiastic carvings in the ornate churches of Europe.
The Little Leaf Linden grows well in the US in zones 3 to 7. It does not fare well in the heat and humidity of the deep south.
Little leaf Linden is a European cousin of our native Linden. Prized throughout the continent for the exquisite honey made from these famous street trees Little Leaf Linden has few peers. This is a medium to slow growing tree that is tough enough for most urban environments. When fully grown it is a large tree and allowed room it will reach 60 to 70 feet in height.Blooming in June these trees are often buzzing with bees and many other pollinators. This is a densely growing tree that makes heavy shade. Its full form makes a real statement in any landscape.
This Linden works equally well as a stand alone shade tree. The Little Leaf Linden is tough enough for city conditions and is often used as a street tree. In Germany, beekeepers move their bees into the cities to take advantage of the Linden bloom in June each year. The clear honey made from Linden flowers is highly prized there and commands a premium price.