A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

Plant of the Week: Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Linden)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.

Wave Hill is graced by a number of hundred-year-old, small-leaved lindens, Tilia cordata, and now is their peak bloom time. Stand under any of them on a warm afternoon and you will catch the delicious sweet scent wafting from their countless, creamy-yellow flowers.


You’ll also hear the hum of thousands of honeybees, all happily collecting nectar from these very same flowers. Linden appears to be their favorite nectar source and the honey they make from it is about the most popular among humans.


There are three small-leaved lindens situated around Wave Hill House, the most accessible being the one that hangs over the road, almost opposite the front door of the house.


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