Also known as: American linden, Bee Tree
Sweet, fragrant basswood will grow quickly if conditions are right. It likes is a deep rich soil on slight slope that stays moist but not wet, having other forest trees nearby to keep its roots well shades. Will also grow on a drier location too. Blooms pale yellow to lime, drooping 4 inch cluster. sweet fragrant. fruit is small fuzzy ball attached to leafy crescent, leaves heart shaped, pale yellow in the fall. Trunk tan, furrowed, occasionally multi-trunked.
Wildlife benefits: Food Source supported by 150 species of Butterflies and Moths
Nectar used by bees and butterflies, Seeds eaten by squirrels, chipmunks.
Yearly Foliage: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Light: Partial shade, shade
Mature Growth: 30-70 feet Spacing 30-50 feet
Soil: Acid, lime, humus rich preferred. moist but does not tolerant to flooding.
Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees
Larval Host Plant: Red spotted purple butterfly, Mourning Cloak butterfly
Companion Plants: Sugar maple, tulip poplar, white oak, umbrella tree, hemlock, red oak, beech.