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Basswood/American Linden – 12-18″ (2-0)
Basswood (Tilia americana), alson known as American linden, prefers moist soils with moderate organic content, and is a common tree in the region. It is a tall, slim, long-lived tree with deep roots. Basswood rots out its core after about 100 years, but don’t worry! The wood is strong, allowing the tree to live on as the cavities can serve as homes for birds and mammals. Its profusion of late-spring blooms make a wonderful honey; pollinators of all sorts love it! Buds are good forage for wildlife, but need protection when young.
In the late spring, trees are covered by small white sweet-smelling blossoms; a boon to pollinators.
Bark varies greatly from tree to tree, but is generally ridged. Old trees sound hollow when knocked.
Leaves are large and unequally heart-shaped with serrated edges.
Visitors Attracted to Basswood/American Linden
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) by DickDaniels
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) by Manjithkaini
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) – by Mdf
Did You Know?
Basswood’s wood is light and strong, making it ideal for making containers like trunks. Its inner bark (bast) can be used to make rope. It is also a popular wood for model building and for intricate carving.