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Identify Basswood

Trees in the Linden Family - Tiliaceae



American Basswood

Photo by Steve Nix
Tilia is a genus of about 30 species of trees, native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, in Asia (where the greatest species diversity is found), Europe and eastern North America. The trees are often called lime in Britain and linden in parts of Europe and North America (where they are also known as basswood).

The Common North American Basswood Species

Leaves: alternate, broadly ovate, coarsely saw-toothed, notched at base.
Bark: dark gray and smooth.
Fruit: elliptical nut-like, hard seed.

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