Tiliaceae - The Linden Family
American Basswood, American Lime, American Linden, Beetree, Beetree Linden, Carolina Linden, Florida Basswood, Florida Linden, Limetree, Linden, Linn, Northern White Basswood, White Basswood
Interior Use Only
Apiary Supplies, Carving, Interior Trim, Food Packaging, Millwork, Mouldings, Novelties, Slack Cooperage, Toys, Venetian Blinds
Basswood trees grow with abundance through out the eastern half of both Canada and the United States. Beech prefers moist soil of valleys and uplands, it is usually found disbursed in hardwood forests.
The sapwood tends to be wide and can very white in color. The heartwood is a creamy white to light tan color, and is not always easily distinguishable from the sapwood. The grain is typically straight, with a fine uniform texture.
Basswood is one of the "softer" hardwood species, and has relatively low strength properties. While nails can be easily driven into the wood, because of the softness of the wood it does not hold them well.