Basswood, tilia americana

Basswood, tilia americana
Item# DA-basswood
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Product Description

Inventory as of Jan 10, 2016: 5000 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 91%; Where Harvested (location) - Pennsylvania

The Basswood is known for its 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, beekeepers use the wood to make their 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 24 hours. Stratification: Cold stratify for 90 days. Germination: Sow seed 3/8" deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, keep moist. Other: Sporadic germination may occur over a 2-3 year period