Trees That Bees Love

Dec 4, 2017

Credit SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. A group of us was talking recently about trees that buzz – that are so attractive to bees that you can hear them from under the canopy. Tilia americana, basswood or linden, is one of those trees and it also has a beautiful fragrance. This is not a tree that you can use in all places, however, it gets to eighty feet eventually and has a dense, shade producing crown extending thirty feet across.   It performs best on rich, moist soils with room to spread and can take shade from surrounding trees. The flowers are perfect, yellow and borne in a cluster called a cyme that hands from a stem below a bract – what looks like a leaf so it’s a distinctive feature. The honey, usually referred to as basswood honey, is prized for its flavor with spicy and minty undertones.