American Linden, Basswood

Arbor walk #17, Treekeeper ID #1937

This is one of the oldest and largest trees on campus. It has large green leaves and small, sweetly scented, white flowers.

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 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.

Common Name(s) American Linden,  Basswood
Latin Name Tilia americana
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How to identify American Linden

Relationship of Tilia americana to other species in the Arboretum

Global Distribution of American Linden

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