In North America basswood
ranges from south west New Brunswick into Quebec, Ontario
and southeast Manitoba and down through the central
and eastern United States.
Basswood commonly grows with other species of hardwood
such as maple, ash and oak. It isn't uncommon for basswood
to grow to over 100 feet in height and have diameters
of over 4 feet.
The wood itself varies in color between heartwood
and sapwood. The sapwood tends to be cream to bone
color while the heartwood is usually a rusty brown
color. Since the wood has such a soft texture and feel
it is easy to work with hand tools and machines.
Primary uses for basswood
- construction of mobile homes and RV's
- pulp / paper
Basswood is not considered to be toxic
Basswood is also commonly known as
- American Basswood
- American Linden Wood
- Black lime tree