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Largest White Basswood Tree - St. Louis, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 38° 36.720 W 090° 15.456
15S E 738781 N 4277288
Quick Description: This Basswood is the “largest known tree of its species in the United States of America.”
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/11/2013 8:51:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMJFD0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
This Basswood is the “largest known tree of its species in the United States of America.” So says the marker naming it a National Champion Tree. It also states: “White Basswood. This stately tree is noted for the fuzzy (pubescent) silver underside of its leaves. The name ‘Basswood’ comes from ‘bast-wood’ which is the useful inner bark used for making rope and mats. The flowers can be made into a tea and linden oil, syrup may be made from the sap, and the light wood is good for building crates and boxes.”

Its official name is Tilia Heterophylla - Malvaceae and is commonly found in the southern and central United States. It is just a stone’s throw from the American Science Obelisk at the Tower Grove House.
Type of documentation of superlative status: sign marking tree

Location of coordinates: at tree

Web Site: Not listed

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