American Linden, Basswood

Arbor walk #17

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
TypeNative to Missouri, Historic, Shade
Color of LeafDark green, Cordate (heart-shaped), 5”to 6” Long / 3”to 5” Wide
FruitSmall clustered nutlets that hang from narrow, elliptical, winged bracts
Color of FlowerSmall, sweetly scented, yellow-white flowers
Shape of BarkNarrowly 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.

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Our American Linden, Basswood Through Time

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Phylogeny of the American Linden, Basswood