American Basswood, Linden
* Leaves heart-shaped, fine-toothed, hairless, with asymmetrical bases,
* Flowered clusters and nutlike fruits attached to leafy bracts which
hang from the tree, 4-5".
* Bark ridged and furrowed on large trees.
* Height: 60-80'.
* Habitat: Moist woods.
* Range: Southeastern Canada to eastern United States.
* Basswood is light and strong, and the trees are valued as shade and
ornamental trees. The wood is most desired by wood carvers, who love
to work with its even grain and light color. The flowers taste and
smell like honey. Bees use them to make honey as well, but an excess
of sugar in the flowers sometimes kills them. This explains the strange
phenomenon of dead bees under flowering linden trees.
* Indians used to make rope out of basswood's fibrous inner
bark. This rope was used to bind wounds and stitch mats made
of cat-tail leaves.
* "The odor of the Lindens in bloom brings back to many of us
the soaring wail of the treetoads, the first fireflies in the
dusk, the banging of June beetles on the window screens, the
limpness of the flags at Fourth of July, and all that is a boy's-eye
view of those languorous first days of vacation from school."
-Donald Peattie, 1950