Small Leaf Linden (Tilia cordata)


Quick Facts

  • Native to Europe and west Asia
  • Wood used for bee hive and honey comb frames
  • National tree of Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland and Slovenia
  • Flowers are used to make fragrant tea


The small leaf linden has heart-shaped small leaves.  Summer flowers are bright, fragrant and attractive.  The fruit is a small, round nut-like drupe, hanging from elliptical leaf-like bracts. The flowers of the small leaf linden attract bees, flies, and hummingbirds.  The soft wood often provides nesting sites for cavity-dwelling birds.