Linden Hall Namesake: The Linden tree

Linden Hall

The Linden tree

Linden trees are native throughout most Asia, Europe and eastern North America. Generally called Lime trees in Britain and Linden trees in North America, they are large deciduous trees, reaching 130 feet with leaves 8 inches across.

The Linden is an excellent shade tree with fragrant and nectar-producing blossoms that attract bees and hummingbirds. The blossoms are used to make honey, herbal tea, medications and perfume. The nectar that drips from Linden blossoms can be VERY sticky nectar and has been know to damage car paint.

The lumber from the Linden is light and strong, often used for wooden spoons and other utensils and in inexpensive furniture. It is also used for beehives and honeycomb frames. In the music industry, Linden wood is also used as a material for drum shells and for electric guitar bodies. Bast, a very strong fiber obtained from the bark of the Linden tree, has been used by Japanese to weave their traditional clothing.

The word Linden loosely translates from the German lind, meaning flexible or yielding. The most famous street in Berlin, Germany is called Unter den Linden or Under the Lindens, named after the Linden trees lining the boulevard. In German folklore, the linden tree is the "tree of lovers."

The Linden tree is a national emblem of Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and it also has cultural and spiritual significance in Hungary. In Greek mythology, Homer, Horace, Virgil, and Pliny mention the Linden and mention its virtues. In the Ovid story, upon their deaths, Baucis was changed into a Linden and Philemon into an Oak.