A.k.a. American linden. An undervalued tree with high aesthetic and wildlife value! Fast growing with an appealing natural form, fragrant flowers that support bees, and a respectable list of insect hosts, basswood more than earns its place. Broad leaves cast deep shade, and it has potential as a shade tree!
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade, Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Loam
Bloom Color: Yellow, White
Bloom Time: June
Fruit: Small seeds hang off a distinctive floral bract.
Fall Color: Green, Yellow
Root Type: Branching
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees, flies, moths, and likely other insects. Hosts a variety moths such as the elm sphinx and ochre dagger moth, beetles, leafhoppers, and many smaller insects. Seeds are eaten by a few animals such as squirrels and bobwhite. Commonly browsed by deer and rabbits.
Notes: Young leaves are audible raw.