Family: Malvaceae

  • Also known as the American Linden tree.
  • Native to North America.
  • Bees and butterflies love the fragrant flowers in the summer.
  • But these flowers can aggravate allergies in some people.
  • Basswood trees are low-maintenance and can live to 150 years.

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  • The uneven heart-shaped leaves are distinctive and easy to recognize.
  • The soft wood is easy to work with, so it is a favorite for wood carvers.
  • Stump-sprouting: a cut or fallen basswood tree can sprout at the base producing a clump of tall trees around what was the original tree.

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