A Favorite of the Bees

Our basswoods, also called linden trees, have just finished blooming. The frenzy that they cause among our bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies has abated, and the plants are now busy developing seeds and fruits. Flowers and fruits are attached to leafy bracts that drop from the trees when the fruits mature, acting as wings to offer the fruits time while airborne to move away from their parent trees. American basswood, Tilia americana, is an important member of our mixed mesophytic forests such as Shakerag Hollow, and littleleaf linden, Tilia cordata, is a favorite ornamental. Here herbarium nature journaler Jim Poteet admires a particularly nice specimen that grows on campus, just south of All Saints Chapel.




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