American Basswood/American Linden Trees
Would you like bees on your property and encourage them to produce honey with a very strong flavor? You can do it by planting Basswood trees, which are sometimes called “bee trees” because of all the bees that gather around them when they’re flowering. Cold Stream Farm carries two main types of these deciduous trees, including American Basswood or American Linden (Tilia americana) trees and Southern Source American Basswood trees.
About the American Basswood Tree
American Basswood or American Linden (Tilia americana) trees and Southern Source American Basswood trees aren’t necessarily the tallest deciduous trees around. They usually grow to be between 60 and 120 feet with trunks about 3 to 5 feet once they’re fully grown. However, the Basswood trees available through Cold Stream Farm are known to grow faster than many other hardwood trees and have a life expectancy of somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 years. They feature domed crowns, simple leaves, and small yellowish-white flowers that are very fragrant.
Wildlife and the American Basswood
Although American Basswood or American Linden (Tilia americana) trees and Southern Source American Basswood trees were first introduced in the UK in the 1750s, they didn’t fare well and eventually made a home in eastern North America. Outside of attracting bees with their flowers, these deciduous trees also produce seeds that attract mice, squirrels, and other small rodents and bark that attracts rabbits and voles. The leaves and flowers from the trees also have a wide range of medicinal purposes and have been used to treat many ailments over the years.
If you’re interested in adding Basswood trees to your property, call Cold Stream Farm at 231-464-5809 today to get more information. Learn more about Deciduous Trees here.