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common name for the Tiliaceae, a family of chiefly woody shrubs and trees. Most genera are tropical, but the genus Tilia, commonly called linden, or lime tree, in Europe and Asia and basswood in North America, is found throughout the north temperate zone.
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A great nutritious food planted throughout many cities and subdivisions. Tree grows to 140 ft (45m) with tiny fruit that look like peas. Flowers are great for nervous system and for around the heartcalming people's anxiety, restlessness and nervousness, but do not take all the time though or heart problems may arise. Leaves are usually asymmetrical. The young leaves when they come out in springtime taste like romaine lettuce. That's a lot of romaine lettuce! Very safe to eat. Don't eat the old bigger leaves, they aren't worth much and hard to digest (all the nutritional energy and life force has gone into the flowers). The new young leaves however are very soothing to the digestive tract, the throat. Inner bark tea used for lung problems, stomach issues. Flowers are used for colds and fevers. Small flowers, white to yellow was are delightfully fragrant and have a honey-like flavor. The flowers have been used in a tea as a medicine in the past. NOTE: Frequent heavy consumption of linden flower tea can cause heart damage. Take it easy. Leaves are fine-eat as much as you want.


A common name for trees of the genus Tilia in the linden family of the order Malvales. Also known as linden.

basswood, American linden

A cream-colored, fine-textured, moderately low-density wood of North America; used extensively for plywood, lumber core, and trim.
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While Tilia americana is the most commercially important and abundant of the native basswood species in the United States and Canada, there are others.
The next most common basswood species is Tilia heterophylla or white basswood.
While basswood has an average weight of 27 pounds per cubic foot, European lime's average weight is 34 pounds per cubic foot.
Basswood, linden, American whitewood, American lime, American linn, limetree, beetree, wickup, yellow basswood
Basswood is easy to work with using hand or machine tools and has little resistance to cutting, although it does have a slight dulling effect on cutting edges.
First, the most shade-tolerant species, basswood and sugar maple, are restricted mainly to drainages and they were also very susceptible to ice damage.
Basswood is never used where strength is important, for that is not one of its properties.
The bark of basswood is characterized by its intertwined fibers which make it tough and leathery.
American basswood is closely related to two other species - Tilia vulgaris, or lime, which grows in Europe and eastern Asia, and Tilia japonica, known as Japanese lime.
The sapwood of basswood has sometimes been marketed as white basswood.
The Encyclopedia of Wood" discusses basswood and lime together because they are so similar.