Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

American Basswood (American Linden) (Tilia americana): Images

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June 19, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire After a couple of years of hoping to find this tree, I found it. Actually, someone else pointed it out to me. Hopefully, I can find many more and be ready for Springtime leaf snacks. A few things I want to remember include:
  • Trunk is straight and the form is a symmetrical, rounded crown.
  • Branches spreading and ascending.
  • Commonly found with American Beech, White Ash and Red Oak. Often on moist slopes that face north and/or east.
  • Leaves are slightly heart-shaped. Translucent when young. Dull green above, lighter beneath. Sharply acuminate tip.
  • Cream yellow flowers appear in June or July.
Key:
  • Leaf blades 7-20 cm long.
  • Petioles less than 50% as long as the blade. (Tilia americana)
  • Back of leaf blade not pubescent with stellate hairs. (Variation: americana)
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June 27, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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May 5, 2013 Southeastern, New Hampshire I made a salad of Orpine, violet leaves and flowers and American Linden tree leaves. The Linden tree leaves were small, so I didn't harvest too much. I will harvest more when they get bigger.
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May 9, 2014 Southeastern, Connecticut