Backus Woods Addition, Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, ON (Photo by NCC)

Backus Woods Addition, Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, ON (Photo by NCC)

American Basswood

An excellent wildlife tree

The flowers of the American basswood provide abundant sources of nectar and are very attractive to a wide range of insects, including more than 25 different species of moths and butterflies.

What species live in this tree?

Because this tree decays rapidly, it also provides habitat for cavity nesters, such as pileated woodpeckers, small mammals and wood ducks. Winter buds provide food for deer and birds.

Commercial uses

Today, American basswood is harvested for use in carvings, turnings, furniture, mouldings, millwork, musical instruments and shutters. It is also valued as a shade and ornamental tree.

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