The American linden tree, also known as basswood, is a large tree native to North America that can grow to more than 80 feet tall. The soft, light tree has many uses in wood products, such as hand carving, and as a source of fiber for making baskets and mats.
The American linden tree is also used in landscaping for its magnificent canopy and as a shade tree in urban areas. In some places, it is known as a bee or honey tree; during midsummer, bees converge around the yellow aromatic blooms the linden produces to make honey. The American linden thrives best in moist, fertile soils.