Basswood, tilia americana

Basswood, tilia americana
Item# DA-basswood
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Product Description

Approximately 3000 Seeds available as of Jan. 11, 2014.

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 83%; Where Harvested (location/year) - North Dakota

The Basswood is known for it wood. Light-weight and fine with even-textured grain, so it rarely twists, splits, or wraps. The wood is ideal for carving. The Basswood has leaves that are heart-shaped, simple, alternate and finely toothed. It has reddish or green twigs that are slender and hairless, and it's bark is vertically striated, grooved and dark. The Basswood is a hardwood and produces bright yellow, fragrant flowers that are very attractive to bees and other insects. Basswoods are abundant throughout the Northeastern US and Ontario. They thrive in the moist, deciduous forests. Basswoods are nicknamed "bee-trees" because of their importance in honey production. Also, beekeeps use the wood to make thier hives. Because it has no taste, it doesn't affect the bees or the taste of their honey. The Basswood can reach 80-100 feet in height. It's cold hardy to zone 3.

Recommended Planting Instructions:

Scarification: Soak in hot water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: Cold stratify for 90 days. Germination: Sow seed 1/2" deep, tamp soil, mulch seed bed and cover seedbed with shade. Other: Sporadic germination may occur over a 2-3 year period.