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American Basswood is often used as a specimen or dense shade tree.   Beautiful and sturdy, its heart-shaped green leaves and pale yellow  fragrant flowers in June make it especially attractive.  Smooth gray to  brown bark when young, as the tree matures the bark becomes scaly and  furrowed with age.

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Basswood / American Linden

Tilia Americana

Basswood (also known as American Linden) is often used as a specimen or dense  shade tree. Beautiful and sturdy, its heart-shaped green leaves and pale  yellow fragrant flowers in June make it especially attractive. The  Basswood exhibits an oval to round shape with smooth gray to brown bark  when young. The bark matures to a scaly and furrowed form with age.  American Linden is native to the Midwest and northeastern part of the  United States. 

  • Zones
    2 to 8
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    50-80' Height and 30-50' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Medium - 12-24" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Average to dry - drought tolerant, once established
  • Soil Type
    Clay Soils


Honey made from the nectar of these flowers is a prized gourmet item.  Basswood flowers have also been used to make tea. Syrup can be made from  the sweet tree sap. The American Linden is generally intolerant of air  pollution and urban conditions. Displays fair drought tolerance once it  is established.

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