List of Trees 1-30  American Basswood

Tilia americana L.

Family Tiliaceae

Also known as "American linden" or "Whitewood", the name comes from "bass cloth" which was made from the inner bark of the tree. The bark was also used for ropes, mats, and cordage fibers. A characteristic of the tree is the tendency to develop sprouts from the base of the trunk. Many Native Americans used the wood to carve masks. Although the wood is used for many things, it is best used for packaging foods as it imparts no stain or taste to the food. The flowers provide an excellent base for honey (this tree has also been called the "Bee Tree").