Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 20 - The Basswood Tree - Tilia americana

Tilia americana
This Basswood Tree lives at the Asheville Botanical Gardens.

Tilia americana

This time of year notice how the buds are just getting ready to open.  Soon the young leaves will come out on a basswood tree.  I have heard that the basswood leaves make a very delicious wild salad, the greens being sweet and tasty.

This tree gives us Basswood honey, wood for carving, shade on a hot summer's day, and the wonderful scent in the air when the flowers are blooming.


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