American 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 flowers.

The American Basswood can grow up to 90 feet tall, and it is sometimes referred to as the bee tree due to its plentiful bee population when flowering. 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 also commonly used for carvings, 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 Basswood, American Linden
Latin Name Tilia americana
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