The bark of the tree has straight grain.
The light colored leaves are part of the fruiting body. (from a different tree)
Basswood is used by wood carvers. It has other uses. Coffins, moulding trim wood, use for models because of the soft wood but also it does not show growth rings that would mar the purpose of the model. Indians would use it to make canoes.
I see Basswood as a type of Christian that is pliable in the hands of God to work for His purposes.
2 Timothy 2:21 "Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work."