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Common Name: American Basswood

Species Name: Tilia americana L

Plant Type: Trees

Family Name: Tiliaceae



Plant Facts    
Origin North America  
Duration Perennial  
Distribution in Oklahoma East-central and northeast corner along Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas borders  
Sun Preference Shade Tolerant  
Susceptibility Leaf diseases including Anthracnose  



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics

    Lindens, attract bees, good for woodworking

  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 18-inch diameter, 60-foot height
    • Leaves: Decidious broadleaf
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Ovate or rounded, sawtoothed margins
    • Stipules: Yes
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petals: Hanging fragrant clusters (cymes)
    • Petal Number: 5
    • Flower Color: Yellowish-white
    • Flower Timing: Early Summer
    • Fruit Type: Nut-like



Habitat Hardwood Forests
Soil Type Loamy, fine-textured productive soils
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6 and 7
Successional Stage Mature Forest



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