Saturday, July 06, 2013
Move in the right direction every single day. When you continue to grow, there's no limit to what you can accomplish!
This Honey Locust tree is in front of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, and is the largest of its kind in New England.
Look what can happen when given lots of room, clean water and sunshine!
Honey locusts, Gleditsia triacanthos, can reach a height of 20–30 m (66–100 ft), with fast growth, and are relatively short-lived; their life spans are typically about 120 years, though some live up to 150 years. They are prone to losing large branches in windstorms. The leaves are pinnately compound on older trees but bipinnately compound on vigorous young trees. The leaflets are 1.5–2.5 cm (smaller on bipinnate leaves) and bright green. They turn yellow in the fall (autumn). Leafs out relatively late in spring, but generally slightly earlier than the black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). The strongly scented cream-colored flowers appear in late spring, in clusters emerging from the base of the leaf axils.