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American Sentry Linden

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American Sentry Linden (Tilia americana ‘McKSentry’)A stately tree with a narrow upright habit of growth for smaller yards and spaces, features tightly upright branching, leaves turn rich gold in fall; fast growing and vigorous, resistant to insect attacks

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
35 feet
Average Landscape Width:
20 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Tilia
Species:
americana
Cultivar:
American Sentry
Flower Color:
butter
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
gold
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
high
Pruning:
best if not pruned
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Basswood, American Linden
Branching:
excurrent
Density:
dense
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

American Sentry Linden is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It features subtle clusters of fragrant buttery yellow flowers with tan bracts hanging below the branches in early summer. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The large heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

American Sentry Linden is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

American Sentry Linden will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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