Native to northern Delaware (though not common), American basswood prefers deep, rich soils but can also be planted in urban areas. Because it is a nice shade tree that can reach heights of 80 feet or more, basswood should only be planted in large spaces. The wood is soft, lightweight, and used for carving. Basswood has fragrant flowers and produces a small nut favored by many animals.
American basswood has heart-shaped leaves with hard, round fruits that are suspended in clusters below its paper-thin bracts.
|American basswood – Tilia americana|
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