“One of the queens of eastern North America’s deciduous forests, basswood has large heart-like leaves, deliciously fragrant summertime flowers and a dense, majestic structure. A large deciduous tree with a straight trunk, ‘Redmond’ is cone-shaped when youthful but matures to a large, broad, pyramid-like specimen. The bark is gray and smooth at first, becoming gray-brown with distinctive long, furrowed ridges.
In early summer ‘Redmond’ bears modest but many clusters of small, yellowish, highly fragrant flowers. They are attractive to honeybees, which make a distinctively flavored honey from the nectar. The fuzzy, whitish yellow nutlets dangled downward with a papery bract (modified leaf) and are most prominent in late summer. Its leaves are large, heart-shaped, glossy dark green above and lighter green below. In autumn, the leaves become shades of yellow-green and yellow, sometimes to a showy effect.
Redmond linden tolerates acidic soils but excels in deep, moist but well-drained, humus-rich, neutral to sweet (alkaline) soils. Tolerant of moderate drought, it usually dulls or browns its leaves if water is severely lacking. It is suitable as a shade tree, large avenue tree, and for a naturalized shade tree. Do not place too closely to paved surfaces used for walkways or play areas as the fallen nutlets can be hazardous. The dense shade cast under the basswood also can cause many underplantings, including turfgrass, to die out. Remove basal suckers (twig sprouts) from the trunk to keep the tree looking tidy and clean.”
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