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America's Linden Tree - The Basswood

On my walks and rides this week, I've noticed that the Linden trees in my neighborhood are flowering. These are mostly Little Leaf Lindens, or Tilia cordata, a European species that's been imported into the Western Hemisphere - once again, for heaven knows why. For we in the northeastern quarter of the United States have our very own member of the Tilia genus, T. americana (appropriately), also known as the Basswood. In some circles, the Basswood is called the "Bee Tree", as it is a favorite of our native bee species, all of which are solitary insects. The latest to bloom of our native trees, the Basswood is an important source of nectar - and pollen. As those of us in Michigan know, June -
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