Linden blossom begins when most fruit trees have already finished flowering - in the middle or end of June. Many are looking forward to this event. The air during this period is filled with a unique delicate fragrance. Linden, whose flowering is so short, is a valuable medicinal raw material. Her flowers can be stocked at this time for the whole year.
Linden: flowering and features of the tree
The crown of the tree becomes a solid golden ball exuding a honey scent. Each inflorescence consists of 10-15 flowers. They have five petals and many stamens. Flowering is so abundant that the branches bend under their weight. Linden heart-shaped, growing in most regions of Russia, has a spreading wide crown. Sometimes these trees grow alone, but more often - together with maple, oak and ash, as well as other tree species. At first, the linden, which begins to bloom only between ten and twenty years, grows very slowly. Process a littlespeeds up if the tree is in an open area.
Linden: flowering and value as a honey plant
It is estimated that a hectare of forest, consisting entirely of these middle-aged trees, can produce about a ton of sweet nectar in two weeks. For bees, this is a real paradise. Linden honey has a number of healing properties, for which it is highly valued. Scientists have noticed that linden trees have reduced their nectar production in recent years. You can fight this by planting different varieties at a short distance from each other. Small-leaved and large-leaved (European, Manchurian and others) lindens have different flowering times. By simultaneously growing trees of different varieties in the same area, you can increase the amount of nectar that the bees will collect. The flowering time of the large-leaved linden begins five or eight days earlier than the Amur and Manchurian ones. By collecting different varieties of these trees in one area, you can increase the period during which the bees have the opportunity to collect nectar from them, from two weeks to four. Thus, apiaries located near linden plantations can be guaranteed to be provided with honey every year, even if one particular variety cannot bloom and provide nectar production due to temperature fluctuations in one year.
Linden tree in cities and towns
Earlier, this tree was loved for its flowering, aroma, frost resistance and beauty. Nowadays, linden, planted in cities, helps fight gas pollution. Lush foliage absorbsdust and carbon dioxide. Hundreds of cubic meters of oxygen released by linden trees enliven the city atmosphere. If different types of lindens are planted in parks and gardens, then the different growing seasons will provide vibrant greenery for most of the year. After all, some of them begin to shed their leaves only at the end of October. The medicinal properties of linden blossom are widely known. But they will appear only if the raw materials are harvested in an ecologically clean area. Therefore, it is not recommended to collect lime blossom in cities and along highways.