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Tilia americana/Basswood

Tilia americana / Tilia americana
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Tree in flower in late spring in Tupelo, MS

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Scientific Name: Tilia americana
Common Name: Basswood
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White, Yellow
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: White, Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: This large deciduous tree produces heart-shaped leaves with toothed margins. Basswood makes an excellent open lawn shade tree for large spacious areas like parks and playgrounds. It performs best in a moist, well drained soil and cannot tolerate droughts for long periods. Autumn color can be quite good most years.