FEATURED NATIVE TREE: Tilia americana, basswood, linden
American basswood, the northernmost basswood species, is a handsome shade and street tree. It is recognized by its deeply furrowed bark and large spade-shaped, alternate, toothed leaves. Flowers are inconspicuous but fragrant and is favored by bees over others and produces a strongly flavored honey. Decomposing leaves of basswood add important minerals to the soil, including calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous.
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