How to Plant and Grow a Linden Tree

What You'll Need
Linden tree
Organic compost

When you talk about great looking shade trees, the Linden tree is one of the best. With its unique heart-shaped leaves and fragrant scent, this large canopy tree sits beautifully in any landscape. In the spring, the lovely flowers sprout and later give way to summertime blossoms of yellow-green flowers.

When you are looking for that one tree that will make a dramatic imprint onto your landscaping, the Linden tree is one you should look for. Planting and growing the Linden tree is a very straightforward project without any type of special surprises. The best way to plant a Linden tree is to buy a young sapling from a tree nursery or home center. Here are the steps to take to successfully plant and grow a great looking Linden tree.

Step 1 - Determine Location for Linden Tree

The Linden tree thrives in an area that gets a lot of sunshine. It will also grow quite well in most well-drained soils, but is also tolerant of dry, compact soils as well. The Linden tree is also very tolerant of city dwelling and air pollution. Find a spot in your landscape that provides some great full sun in the afternoon hours and is well-drained.

Step 2 - Prepare Ground

Once you have found the perfect location for your Linden tree, you then need to prepare the ground.

  • Dig a hole that is roughly 3 to 4 times the size of the root ball of the young Linden tree.
  • The depth should be the same as that of the container so that when you plant the new tree, the trunk will be even with the ground level.
  • If you dig it too deep, you can always back-fill with soil in the planting process.

Step 3 - Prepare Linden Tree for Planting

The best way to plant a Linden tree is to transplant one from the nursery or home center. They will come wrapped in burlap or some other fabric to keep the root ball intact and free from damage.

Position the Linden tree next to the hole and remove the burlap and any wires or twine.

Step 4 - Plant the Linden Tree

Once the hole is prepared and the root ball is ready, you can plant the tree.

  • Place the tree in the middle of the hole and start to back-fill with the original soil to stabilize the tree.
  • Mix in a little of the organic compound to give the soil some rich nutrients.
  • Water the ground thoroughly and finish filling the hole.

Step 5 - Mulch around Tree

After the Linden tree has been planted, make sure that the ground is compacted, but not too tightly.

  • Add a 3 to 4 inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree, but not on the trunk.
  • Keep a 4 inch barrier between the mulch and the trunk.
  • Water the entire area again to keep the soil moist.
  • Watch it over the new few days and keep the ground moist.