Native Plant Database

Callicarpa americana. Photo: Mervin Wallace

American Basswood

Tilia americana
Plant Type: Trees
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: Green
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

60 to
80
feet

Spread:

30 to
50
feet
Size
Height: 60 to
80
feet
Spread: 30 to
50
feet
Size
Height: 60 to
80
feet
Spread: 30 to
50
feet
Typical Landscape Use
Best planted as a single specimen shade tree due to its large size. May also be used in woodlands.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Grow in full sun or partial shade. Prefers deep moist soil but will grow in drier situations.
Basic Description

A tall, stately, fast-growing, large tree with dark green leaves. In late spring, fragrant yellow flowers provide high quality nectar for bees. Bee and moth pollinated. Fall color may be deep yellow. Flowers used to make tea.

Special Features
Special Usage
Fragrant, Edible

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