Tilia americana ‘McKSentry’ – American Sentry® Linden

Botanical Name: Tilia americana ‘McKSentry’

The American Sentry Linden (Tilia americana ‘McKSentry’) is a useful tree to plant in smaller landscapes due to its narrow and predictable growth habit. This tree also works well as a street tree or planted in city median strips, as it has a high canopy clearance of 7 feet. It is a small to medium sized deciduous tree with a pyramidal shaped canopy and upright, dense, and uniform branching. It is native to the midwest and grows to a height of 40-45 feet with a spread of 25-30 feet.

The leaves of this tree are large – 4-8 inches long. They are an attractive heart shape and a dark shade of green with lighter undersides and coarsely serrated margins. In the fall, the foliage turns a spectacular pale golden yellow. The distinctive silvery gray bark is an attractive feature, particularly on juvenile trees.

The American Sentry Linden produces clusters of yellow, spicy scented blooms in the summer. The fruits are inconspicuous.

No serious disease or insect problems. This tree has some resistance to the Japanese beetle, which can decimate many plants. Tolerates pollution. Attractive to butterflies.

Description

Height: 40-45 ft.
Width: 25-30 ft.
Shape: Pyramidal
Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering Time: July
Fall Color: Pale Yellow
Features: Bright fall color, narrow selection, scented blooms
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil, but adaptable to most soil types – wet, dry, and alkaline.
Growth Rate: Moderate-Fast
USDA Zones: 3-8
Uses: Accent tree, street tree, park tree, shade tree
Similar Trees: Columnar Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’), Frans Fontaine Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’), Corinthian Linden (Tilia cordata ‘Corzam’), Redmond Linden (Tilia americana ‘Redmond’)

Additional information

Shape

Pyramidal

Flower Color

Yellow

Flowering Time

July

Fall Color

Pale Yellow

Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate

Uses

Accent Tree, Park Tree, Shade Tree, Street Tree

USDA Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Mature Height

40'-50'

Mature Width

20'-30'

Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

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