Redmond American Linden
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The wonderful Redmond American Linden, this sophisticated tree just seems so polite, offering its shade under those elegant branches and uniformly triangular shape. Make sure to look up as you lean against its tall, sturdy trunk to gaze upon the dense two-toned glossy green foliage. Definitely not the family runt, as Redmond American Linden boasts the largest leaves in the Linden family. This charmer has heart-shaped leaves that can be eight inches long to six inches wide! You think it's flirting with you now? Wait till June when an abundance of bursting light yellow flowers bloom, filling your garden with an alluring perfume scent. In Fall, Songbirds come singing along happily feasting on the small rounded nutlets found under the golden autumn foliage. Big, bold, easy to grow, wonderful in an urban setting, and a perfect canopy that can't be beat!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Redmond American Linden was introduced in 1927 by Plumtree Nursery of Freemont, Nebraska. The Linden Family name is derived from a Swedish botanist named Carl Linnaeus. Carl Linnaeus isn't actually his real name; he adopted his surname after his family's ancestral lands that were filled with mighty Linden trees. Once he became more well known as a botanist, he "Latin-ized" his name even more to 'Carolus Linnaeus.' A great man who truly loved his Linden tree roots!
"Redmond American Linden finally received the recognition it deserved in 2000; it was voted Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists.
Shape: Pyramidal, uniform
Exposure: Full Sun
Foliage: Glossy, light green
Fall Foliage: Bright yellow
How to Grow
Redmond American Linden is a large, noble tree for spacious sites in full sun or part shade. Clay is acceptable, but the soil should drain well. This tree prefers regular irrigation, though it’s somewhat drought tolerant once established. Mulch with wood chips or bark mulch to keep the root zone cool and moist. American Linden doesn’t cope well with salt or pollution, so it isn’t ideal for urban situations, like some of the European Lindens. It’s also vulnerable to Japanese beetle attacks, so plant with caution if these pests are prevalent in your area.
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