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PlantFiles: American Basswood, American Linden, Whitewood, Beetree Linden
Tilia americana

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Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tilia (TIL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Trees

Height:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Rickwebb On Dec 29, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a common forest tree in various spots over a wide range where the soil is normally barely acid or alkaline. It makes a good shade tree that is windfirm with little yellow flowers that smell so good in June and are loved by bees and other pollinators.

Positive raisedbedbob On Feb 9, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

The soft wood is a favorite of carvers.

Positive Glowclubbr On Sep 7, 2003, Glowclubbr from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

I find that some American Lindens scorch in hot summers, and I would like to hear experience with Asian Lindens. Many such as the large, extremely beautiful T. oliveri, should grow very well in hot summer climates but remain extremely rare.

Neutral activex On Feb 2, 2002, activex wrote:

Basswoods are revered for their usefulness for providing shade and their soft wood for widdling and carving. The basswood's flowers yield the most desirable honey for bees. The American Basswood (Tilia americana) is the northern-most representative of the basswoods.

What to look for: Leaves shiny green, heart-shaped with pointed tips and saw toothed around edges. Strap like bracts with hanging flowers.

Habitat: Uplands, hardwood forests, cities and valleys in damp loam.

Size: 70 -80 feet tall. Leaves 5 - 6" long.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado
Prospect, Connecticut
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Fennville, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Media, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia
Neshkoro, Wisconsin
Sheridan, Wyoming



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