And I’m not talking about the low information voter. I have these trees on my property…
They look pretty with the masses of white flower blossoms don’t they? A day later (after some moderate winds) not so blindingly white.
There did the white blossoms go?
Everywhere. Once off the tree, they rot fast, and stick to whatever they are rotting on.
The tree stands out so blindingly when the blossoms are at their peak but then I noticed as I biked around the town that I didn’t see any of these trees elsewhere in the area. So I did a little research.
Mass Audubon lists the tree as an invasive species. The USDA Forest Service notes it appears in second-growth forests in Massachusetts.
It’s prime useful characteristic is a rot-Resistance in contact with the ground, it is a hardwood and also burns well. I’ve burned it in my outside fire pit and it burns with a pungent odor and completely reduces to a fine ash. I have read descriptions of the wood as “natures pressure treated wood” and prior to modern PT woods for use in contact with the ground was much prized for that reason. Especially fence-posts.
I think that is how my stand of Black Locust got here. My house is located on the former site of Sherrick Farm (our original house was built in colonial times, burned down in 2004) and the original fence separating the property was wood posts with attached rusty wire. The posts looked like trimmed tree trunks, de-barked. All gone now, the contractor who built the housing development where the farm used to be tore them all out. But the farmers from Massachusetts who discovered these trees in the Ohio river valleys sent some seedlings back home and that is where (I think) my unique stand of Black Locust trees come from.
But I still hate cleaning up the damn blossoms and stems, especially from the gutters!