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Basswood, Lime

American Linden has fragrant pale yellow flowers with a long, narrow, light-green bract that appear in June. The small, round fruit hang in bunches from the bract. They mature in fall but may remain on the tree during the winter. The tree (60-80 ft) has heart-shaped leaves and is commonly planted along city streets across North America where it provides thick shade. It has a thick, straight trunk with dark bark that becomes furrowed as the tree matures.

Linden is native to North America and can be found in dry upland areas as well as moist, low woods.

Did you know? Linden flowers are very popular with bees. When a tree is in full bloom, there may be so many bees that you can hear their buzzing several feet away.