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American Basswood
Tilia americana
Tiliaceae

White Swish

Drooping clusters of fragrant 1/2" white flowers are a boon for bees which eagerly seek them out as an excellent nectar source in early summer (usually June around here) giving it the nickname 'the Bee Tree', seeds (actually nut-like drupes) dangle from 5" long leaf-like floral bracts that persist into early winter, 4-8" long broadly heart-shaped dark green leaves, yellow fall color, host plant for a variety of insects and moths including the Yellow-Banded Underwing (Catocala cerogama), sand & drought tolerant, saplings can tolerate quite a lot of shade (it's a late successional tree), nutlets/seeds are eaten by wildlife, good nesting tree. .

Dry To Moist
Sun To Part Shade
50-100' tall (30-50' wide)
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3b-9b
Tree

Other names: Linden

Native Range: Labrador through s ON to ND, south to c TX and c FL

American Basswood Seed Packet $4.00
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