The American Basswood (AKA American Linden) is a wide-spreading tree that can grow 60-80’ and sometimes reaching 100’. This tree typically has two or more trunks, and they sprout in a circular formation around the stump. Bees are very attracted to the American Basswood tree, which is why they call it the “bee-tree." American Basswood blooms from mid-spring to mid-summer with yellow, fragrant flowers. These flowers have some medicinal purposes: a hot bath with basswood flowers, or a cup of linden flower tea helps alleviate symptoms of a cold and can also promote restful sleep. The Basswood tree is a great source of shade, and prefers to be in part sun, and have moist, rich, well-drained soil.