(Tilia americana) Native. The crown is domed, the branches spreading, often pendulous. It likes moist soil with a relatively high pH. It is often planted on the windward side of an orchard as a protection to young and delicate trees. The bark is gray to light brown, with narrow, well defined fissures. The roots are large, deep, and spreading. Its flowers provide abundant nectar for insects. The seeds are eaten by chipmunks, mice, and squirrels. Rabbits and voles eat the bark, sometimes girdling young trees. The leaves serve as food for caterpillars. It is a common wood for use in the production of solid body electric guitars, where it is considered an analogue for aspen and poplar because it is light, strong and resonant. The dried flowers are mildly sweet and sticky, and the fruit is somewhat sweet and mucilaginous. Linden tea has a pleasing taste, due to the aromatic volatile oil found in the flowers. The flowers, leaves, wood, and charcoal (obtained from the wood) are used for medicinal purposes. Basswood are an important nectar source for honeybees. Height 60-120’ with a trunk diameter of 3–4 ft at maturity. Zones: 3-9.
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