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Basswood American Linden Tilia americana 10 Seeds USA Company

Basswood American Linden Tilia americana 10 Seeds USA Company

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Tilia americana, commonly known as American basswood or American linden, is a species of deciduous tree native to eastern North America. Here are some key points about Tilia americana:

Appearance: American basswood is a large tree with a straight trunk and a broad, rounded crown. It typically grows to heights of 60-80 feet (18-24 meters) but can occasionally reach over 100 feet (30 meters). The leaves are heart-shaped, finely toothed, and dark green on the upper surface, turning pale yellow in the fall.

Flowers: The tree produces fragrant, pale yellow flowers in late spring or early summer. These flowers are rich in nectar and attract bees, making American basswood an important honey plant.

Fruit: After flowering, American basswood produces small, nut-like fruits attached to a leafy bract. These fruits are not typically consumed by wildlife but may be eaten by birds or small mammals.

Wood: The wood of American basswood is lightweight, soft, and easily worked, making it valuable for a variety of purposes. It has been used historically for carving, furniture making, and the production of musical instruments.

Ecological Importance: American basswood provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, mammals, and insects. The tree's dense foliage provides shade and helps regulate temperatures in forested areas.

Cultural Significance: American basswood has cultural significance among Indigenous peoples and has been used in traditional medicine, basketry, and other crafts. It is also valued in landscaping for its ornamental qualities and shade.

 

Growing Instructions for the Basswood

 

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 3 months. 2. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Fill a pot with a mixture of half potting soil and half sand or vermiculite. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. 4. Water the container and leave it to drain. 5. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area. 6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. 7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.

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