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Questions About Linden Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 23, 2011

Q. Little Leaf Linden Tree

Our Little Leaf Linden is dropping its leaves like crazy. Is this a sign that something is wrong?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 23, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, this is a sign that something is wrong. Do the leaves turn yellow or brown before dropping off? Are there any other symptoms? It sounds like it may be either a fungus or a borer. Treat the tree with a fungicide and check near the base of the tree for holes that would indicate a borer issue. This article will help with that: https://learningstore.uwex.edu/Assets/pdfs/A3813.pdf

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 3, 2011

Q. Linden Tree

I have a Linden tree in my backyard. Even though the leaves come out every summer, for the past few years, dead ones keep falling from the tree. Is this a sign that the tree is diseased or dying?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 4, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 17, 2012

Q. Linden Tree Trunk Damage

I have a ten year old (American) Linden tree that has several deep cracks in the trunk. In one case, it is more than 2/3 of the way through the trunk and the insides are soft (mushy) and can be easily scooped out with a finger. I noticed what looked like earthworms inside, less than an inch long. Can this 16 ft. tree be saved?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 20, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

It is borers. I would recommend neem oil to treat the plant. Neem oil is a systemic pesticide, which means the tree actually absorbs it and it flows through the tree, getting even pests on the inside of the tree. If this tree is important to you, I would also recommend having an arborist look at it.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 15, 2014

Q. Sucker branches

We had our Linden tree cut down after the top half was dying. We left the bottom 7ft. of the trunk in the ground. The sucker branches have grown into a beautiful bush all around the trunk and we would like it to stay that way every year. My question is, if we cut the sucker branches off this fall, will they grow back as beautiful next year or should we leave the branches alone? Thank you for any info on this.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 17, 2014
Certified Expert
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I would leave them alone. Typically when a tree grows back from the roots like this, it will grow in a bush form forever. Yours will likely do the same. You can encourage more bushiness by trimming the top a bit and this will force the branches to grow outward even more.

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Asked by
judystallman on
May 3, 2015

Q. Linden tree

It’s spring and during my yard clean up I noticed the bark of my tree is split open from just above the
dirt to about a foot into the branches. It’s a wide split. What is happening?

Answered by
shelley on
May 3, 2015
Certified Expert
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I am going to refer you to a very excellent article on bark splitting from Cornell University which discusses the possible reasons this occurred (various environmental factors). This split in your tree is not likely to be fatal but the article will outline things you can do to encourage the natural callusing process that the tree will undergo to close that split.

(Cornell University PDF – bark splitting on trees): https://bit.ly/1KEmrRn

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Asked by
thalerz on
May 9, 2015

Q. What type of Linden Tree would be best suited near a highway?

The tree would be in front of a building set back from the highway, but the fumes of traffic would be around. Also, if weather is severe, i.e. very windy or snow, it is an open area that would get the brunt of the weather. The location is in central New Jersey.

Answered by
Heather on
May 11, 2015
Certified Expert
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You will want an American Linden tree. If possible, look for the 'Boulevard' or 'Douglas' cultivar. These will be the most tolerant of your conditions.

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Asked by
Jos on
June 10, 2015

Q. Linden tree is dropping leaves

Linden tree fully matured is dropping leaves. What to do? Leaves are dropping in clusters, not just one leaf.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 10, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Was a weed and feed product used near your tree?
Linden trees are sensitive to herbicides.

Have you inspected the leaves? Look for any signs of disease or insects.
Weather stresses can cause a Linden to loose leafs also.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/linden/linden-tree-information.htm

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