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Sweet Street™ Linden

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Sweet Street™ Linden

Tilia americana ‘Kromm’

Description & Overview

Sweet Street™ Linden is a wonderful narrow selection to add to a street planting or restricted planting site. The dark glossy flowers contrast with the fragrant yellow flowers giving way to beautifully yellow fall foliage and small nutlets. The slow-growing Linden variety offers many of the same characteristics as the native Basswood, allowing this tree to be incorporated into more landscapes.

Core Characteristics

Wisconsin Native: Regional Ecotype Nativar
Mature Height: 50 ft
Mature Spread: 25 ft
Growth Rate: Slow
Growth Form: Pyrammidal, narrow
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Site Requirements: Moist, well-drained soil
Flower: Fragrant yellow flowers
Bloom Period: July
Foliage: Glossy dark green, serrated margins
Fall Color: Yellow
Fruit Notes: Produces small nutlets just after flowering

Suggested Uses:

The Sweet Street™ Linden is a wonderful option for a sunny location that needs a narrow canopy. The structure of the tree presents beautiful glossy leaves that open to fragrant yellow flowers. An ideal location for a street or statement tree near a foundation. The leafy color of this Linden will persist longer than many other deciduous varieties, and once transitioning to fall, a great yellow surrounds the pyramidal canopy as a sure sign Winter is on the way.

The seed of the Sweet Street™ Linden was first collected in Reeseville, WI, proving that this specimen is tolerate of our soils, and with the right placement in a well-lit and moist area, the tree will thrive.

The notable characteristics of the Sweet Street™ Linden are its narrow growth-habit, sweet flowers, small nutlets and Linden Honey. You may also recognize this tree by its leaf structure, an asymmetrical base near the petiole; cordate shaped leaves, accuminate tips with serrated margins – common in Lindens and Elms.

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Wildlife Value:

The wildlife value of the Sweet Street™ Linden is invaluable. Especially, as a street tree, the benefits to insects is vast. Birds and butterflies will frequent the fragrant yellow flowers in July, birds can often use the dense canopy as shelter and a nesting site. The nutlets are a favorite of small mammals that will forage for food before snow falls. Smaller insects such as aphids will visit the tree which can provide as a food source to insect-consumers as well. The fallen leaves will create a nice layer of shelter for overwintering insects and as a decomposing mulch layer to naturally fertilize the surrounding soil.

Maintenance Tips:

The Sweet Street™ Linden will need to be kept moist for the first season or two before it establishes. The maintenance from year to year is quite minimal and mild pruning will be necessary when the canopy becomes to dense.

We invite you to check out the Arborist For Hire lookup at the Wisconsin Arborist Association website to find an ISA Certified Arborist near you.

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The Sweet Street™ Linden doesn’t have an incredible amount of problems associated with it. The dense growth habit will make it recommended to have a Certified Arborist visit to perform any necessary pruning, however the slow growth habit will prolong the periods between visits. Spider mites can cause severe damage on hot and dry days, watering the tree can help avoid too many stress symptoms and aid the tree in fighting back. Caterpillars, lacebugs, scale and borers can become apparent in the Linden they will generally not cause significant harm to the tree. Powdery Mildew is common within the dense leaves, it is crucial to water from the base as a young tree and prune the branches to increase proper air flow.

Leaf Lore:

The Sweet Street™ Linden was selected by Darrell Kromm (hense the botanical name) in Reeseville, WI from a native seed source in Dodge County. Along with creating a wonderful honey for beekeepers, the flowers are also able to create a nice tea.

A common name for a Linden is Basswood. This stems from bastwood, the tough inner bark (the bast) used to make rope and mats. The light wood is used for furniture, crates boxes and veneer. The common name “Linden” originates from Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist. The Swedish word for a Linden tree is “lind”.

Companion Plants:

The Sweet Street™ Linden is a great solo statement planting. If planted into the landscape surrounding the tree with Lilacs (Syringia spp) or Serviceberries (Amelanchier spp) will be great companions that will flower earlier to create a season of flowering. Add Witchhazel (Hamamelis spp) with Asters and there will be flowers through the Fall. Other companion plants could be Dogwoods, or Chokeberrys, these will add a hedge-like feel to create some privacy in the area. Small plantings within the canopy might include part-shade perennials such as Astilbe, Hellebore or Ferns.

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