Wild NCC

American Basswood

(Tilia americana)

The American basswood is a medium-sized to large deciduous tree reaching a height of 60 to 120 ft. They are often confused with the closely related European basswood, which is often used in landscaping. The flowers are used in colds, cough, fever, infections, inflammation, high blood pressure, headache (particularly migraine), as a diuretic (increases urine production), antispasmodic (reduces smooth muscle spasm along the digestive tract), and sedative.