This large tree is along the edge of the open green and is split into a double trunk.
White basswood has leaves
with very uneven leaf bases and a single toothed margin. It is distinguished from American basswood by the hairs on the lower surface of the white basswood leaves which can give the lower surface a whitish appearance. However, the amount of hairiness is variable and it is often not easy to determine whether a particular tree is a white basswood or an American basswood. Some taxonomists do not recognize white basswood as a separate species and call it a subspecies of American basswood.
Basswoods have very distinctive flowers
. They hang in a cluster below a leaf-like bract. Bees love the basswood flowers and some say that basswood honey has the best flavor. In the fall and winter, basswood buds
have a very distinctive look and in the wild, large basswood trees often have sprouts surrounding the base of the tree
This tree is described on p. 77 of The Trees of Vanderbilt