The American linden or American basswood (Tilea americana) is a deciduous medium to large upright tree with a neat rounded crown. Leaves are large, heart-shaped with finely serrated edges. When mature, the leaves are matt green on top and paler green beneath. In autumn, the leaves turn a bright yellow. The flowers hang from a leafy bract which becomes a wing for the mature, ball-shaped cluster of brown seeds. The tree is native to eastern North America. The wood of the American Linden is very light and therefore used in crate making, picture frames and musical instruments. Native Americans used the bark’s fibers in rope and to bind wounds.