Saturday, May 31, 2014

Black Locust Caught in Perilous Embrace

All dressed up and nowhere to go (but down). High above our earthbound meanderings, black locusts have been casting their white blooms against blue sky. These particular specimens, across the street from us, have trunks dressed up in the nicely contrasting green of english ivy. The effect comes at a price, however. The ivy adds to the weight of the trees during ice storms, and adds resistance during high winds, either of which can cause this to be a short term relationship, resulting in the trees' premature demise. A previous post shows the consequences.

Around the corner, one of my favorite specimens of black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), a multi-trunked beauty along Hamilton Avenue.

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