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Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Linden)

June 17, 2020

Summer has truly arrived at Wave Hill when the linden trees flower. We have several fine examples of the small-leaved linden (Tilia cordata), and they are in full bloom right now.

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Our lindens can be spotted near Wave Hill House, shown in the pair of images above—the first taken at Wave Hill House looking north, and the second looking at the linden across from Wave Hill House—and on the roadway between the Perkins Visitor Center and Glyndor House, pictured below.

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Honey bees love the sweet-scented flowers of the linden and the sound of thousands of them happily gathering nectar on a warm afternoon is delightful.

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Native to Europe and parts of western Asia, the small-leaved linden has been planted in parks and used as a street tree in cities around the world, perhaps most notably in Berlin, where it is the tree for which the famous boulevard of Unter den Linden is named.

The work of Wave Hill’s recently retired Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day, this post dates back almost exactly two years to June 15, 2018. Charlie’s writing has a perennial quality, and we are delighted to be able to showcase his knowledge this spring with some new photos.