BIG OL' BASSWOOD
In fact, this white basswood tree
is the "largest known" of
and merits the title of
National Champion Tree in the U.S.
Currently living and growing
at Missouri Botanical Garden,
this white basswood stands at
103-feet tall, and was one
of Henry Shaw's original plantings
before the Civil War in the 1850s.
The name basswood comes from
"bast-wood" which is the useful
inner bark, used to make ropes & mats.
The flowers can be made into tea
and linden oil syrup from the sap.
Big trees are always magnificent.