Leaves are alternate, simple, double-toothed with unequal leaf bases.
The basswood is a large, wide-spreading, round-topped tree with dense foliage. The basswood has been widely planted for street trees. The tree blossoms in late May or June, and the blossoms are a favorite with bees, yielding large quantities of honey.
The leaves are rounded or heart-shaped, with toothed margins and with one side of the base less rounded than the other. They are dull green above and lighter green beneath. They vary quite widely in size from 4 to 7 inched long.
The twigs are smooth and light brown to gray in color. The bark is light or silvery gray, and smooth or finely ridged on branches and young trunks. On older trunks the bark breaks into long, medium-narrow ridges and furrows, dark gray to almost black on the surface.
The tree has a very distinct fruit. It is an open cluster of hard nutlets borne on a stem which comes from the center of a narrow, elliptical, leaflike wing.
Leaves: -heart-shaped, fine-toothed edges, with uneven bases. Green and red give the leaves a purplish hue in fall.
Bark: grayish with tight even furrows
Height: 70 to 80 ft.
Trunk Diameter: 2 to 3 ft.
Longevity: matures in 90 to 140 yrs.
Tolerance: moderately tolerant
Range: eastern U.S., to southern Tennessee and western Virginia.
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