Our American Linden, Basswood located in Brookings Quad.
This is one of the oldest and largest trees on campus. It has large green leaves and small, sweetly scented, white flowers.
|Name||American Linden, Basswood|
|Latin Name||Tilia americana|
|Type||Native to Missouri, Historic, Shade|
|Color of Leaf||Dark green, Cordate (heart-shaped), 5”to 6” Long / 3”to 5” Wide|
|Fruit||Small clustered nutlets that hang from narrow, elliptical, winged bracts|
|Color of Flower||Small, sweetly scented, yellow-white flowers|
|Shape of Bark||Narrowly ridged & fissured when mature|
The American Basswood, also known as the bee tree due to its plentiful bee population when flowering, can grow up to 90 feet tall. Due to its larger leaves and attractive looking bark, this tree is generally used for ornamental purposes. However, because of its softer, thinner bark, its wood is commonly used for carving, furniture and musical instruments. Unfortunately, this also means that the wood is more sensitive to fire damage, as well as more susceptible to rotting.