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American Basswood (Tilia americana)
This handsome tree is common in the eastern half of the U.S. where it is the most planted native hardwood. Outside of east Texas, Basswood may be found in deep canyons of the Hill Country where it is adapted to our alkaline soils. In early Summer, the tree is covered with clusters of ivory flowers, attracting a variety of bees who are drawn by its sweet scent. Only the Mexican Plum rivals this tree for its enchanting fragrance.
Basswood is best planted near intermittent waterways or permanent creeks. It grows quickly and casts a deep shade. Fall color is a clear yellow.
Basswood needs to be protected from deer who will browse the new growth.