Redmond Linden

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Redmond Linden (Tilia americana ‘Redmond’)

A native cultivar to the Eastern United States. Redmond Linden (Basswood) are vigorous growing trees with strong, symmetrical growth and good branching habit.  Foliage is a deep green in summer, changing to yellowish green in the fall.  A great tree for lawns, streets or parks.  Form is pyramidal in youth to rounded in maturity.  Cream-yellow, fragrant flowers appear in June.

Mature Height: 60′

Mature Spread: 40′

Zone: 2

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil Preference: Moist, deep, well drained soils

Nurseryman’s Notes:  This tree is noted for its (a) cymes of fragrant, pale yellow, late spring flowers, (b) small nutlets which follow the flowers and ripen by late summer, (c) mucilaginous sap, (d) noticeable winter buds, and (e) large ovate dark green leaves (to 6” long) with acuminate tips, serrate margins, often silvery undersides and uneven cordate bases. Flowers bloom in June in 5-10 flowered cymes. Each cyme droops from a showy, papery, narrow, leaf-like bract (to 5” long) where it is attached to the bract at a point somewhere between the base and midpoint. When a tree is in full bloom, bees often visit in such abundant numbers that humming can be heard many feet from the tree. Honey made from the nectar of these flowers is a prized gourmet item. Flowers have also been used to make tea. Syrup can be made from the sweet tree sap. Fall color is an undistinguished pale green to pale yellow. Winter twigs and buds are sometimes tinged with red.

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