Tilia americana

basswood, American linden, bee tree

Malvaceae

Synonyms:  Tilia caroliniana, Tilia heterophylla

wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 60-80 ft    Width: 40-60 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color   flower color      white,yellow,green
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Fall color, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Shade tree for mid-moisture sites.
Considerations: Dense shade produced by this tree will limit what can be grown under it.
Propagation: Seed. Can also be managed as a coppice plant.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam

Ecology

Wildlife:
wildlife plant  
Seeds eaten by a variety of small mammals, especially rodents. Flowers fragrant and attractive to insects, especially bees.
Native Habitats: Mesic forests.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   

Other

Ethnobotany: Has been used for lumber/furniture wood. Known as a good honey plant.
Other Comments: Tilia americana var. caroliniana and T. americana var. heterophylla both occur in Florida. Their cultural requirements and appearance are similar.