What is this seedling?

Asked May 3, 2020, 1:02 PM EDT

I found this seedling in my garden. Does not seem to be a weed. Can you identify it?

Arapahoe County Colorado

2 Responses

Looks like Tilia americana (Linden).

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/trees/handbook/th-3-123.pdf

There is probably a Linden tree nearby that dropped seeds. A seed likely fell or blew into a well-prepared bed or perhaps got turned over in the soil. Most Linden seeds are not viable and can frequently take 2-5 years before germination begins.


Thanks so much!