Basswood, or Linden, may be the most beautiful of all the large shade trees.
Also known as the bee tree, it's a large tree with fragrant flowers attracting so many bees the buzzing can be heard several feet away.
The tree’s lower branches drape downward before sweeping up in a gentle curve.
The leaves are heart shaped and dark green, turning yellow in the fall. Small, grey nuts appear later in the summer and persist until winter.
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Fun fact: ☺ Honey made from the nectar of the Linden flower is considered gourmet, and its flowers have been used to make tea. ☺
- Latin: Tilia americana
- Pollinator value: Very high.
- Current Height: 1-2' and 5-7 feet·
- Mature height: 50-80 feet; 30- to 60-foot spread
- Growth rate: Fast (24" per year)
- Light: Full sun to part shade
- Soil: Moist; tolerates drought but not urban stresses
- Bloom: Pale yellow, late spring
- Foliage: Deciduous, yellow fall
- Deer resistant: A little; highly susceptible to Japanese beetles
- Landscape uses: Stately and gloriously beautiful ornamental shade tree
- More photos, information and native range here