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Basswood - American Linden 12-18" seedling

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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, maturing to 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 ro 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. This beautiful and sturdy tree is often used as a specimen or dense shade tree. 

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

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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