Basswood Tilia americana
Family: Tiliaceae (Linden)
Other names: Linden
Basswood is a fairly common tree in upland forests It is usually
quite easy to identify. The bark is a light grey and develops
long vertical fissures as it ages. Often the tree is found in
clumps with multiple shoots. There is alot of variation within
the species as far as leaf size and shape are concerned.
Generally, the leaves resemble Elm leaves (both are asymmetrical
and toothed) but buds will always differentiate. The buds have
only a few scales and range from reddish to tan. The other main trees with red buds are Hawthorns and Chokeberries. Also called
Linden, though this primarily refers to the introduced ornamental
versions. They are commonly found in cities, and typically have
much smaller leaves and a purplish cast to the young bark. The
buds are generally smaller, but not by a large degree.
Reddish buds of a typical Basswood.
Twig. Often Basswood buds are much less red, sometimes almost tan.
View of the reddish buds
The very distinctive fruit of Basswood, coming out of a modified leaf
Mature bark has long vertical fissures
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