Tilia americana 'Continental Appeal' Tiliaceae
Continental Appeal Linden or Basswood TIL-i-a a-mer-i-KA-na
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, to about 50 ft tall and 28 ft wide (~15 × 8.5 m), dense crown, narrow
oval becoming pyramidal, ascending branches. Leaves alternate, simple, large, 9-15 cm long and
7-10 cm wide, dark green above, whitish pubescence below.
- Sun to part shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Patented by Willet Wandell, Urbana, Illinois in
1975, PP 3,770. The cultivar name Continental Appeal apparently implies that the tree has "appeal"
in the mid-continent region of North America. This conjecture is derived from the following paragraph
in the patent:
"Many lindens growing in rural Urbana take on a discolored "worn" appearance beginning in August
and continuing throughout the fall. The new variety linden tree did not assume such a "worn"
appearance, and displayed outstandingly attractive foliage throughout the summer and the months of fall, at
which time the foliage changed to a bright yellow."
- At one time 'Continental Appeal' was considered a selection of White Basswood, Tilia heterophylla,
which has leaves with dense whitish pubescence on the underside, but otherwise is very similar to Tilia
americana. Now T. heterophylla is often included in T. americana, sometimes
as T. americana var. heterophylla.