Other Common Names/Trade Names: American linden
Scientific Name: Tilia americana
Best Characteristics for Identification: Boundary parenchyma and noded rays.
Uses: Wood carving, lower grade lumber, toys, molds, etc.
General Natural Range: North Dakota and Manitoba eastward to Maine and New Brunswick. South to Arkansas and North Carolina.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: Quaking aspen
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species: Basswood has marginal parenchyma and noded rays, aspen does not.