Black Locust

Black Locust is a tree normally found in the mountainous parts of the Eastern United states, but it can be found in small scattered populations in the surrounding lowlands hundreds of miles from the mountains. It’s often regarded as a “trash tree” in the logging industry due to the poor quality timber it produces and it’s susceptibility to heart rot. That same susceptibility has caused it to loose favor in ornamental circles because even a perfectly healthy tree will often start falling apart and look like a dying tree. I only rarely see a full grown one that doesn’t have significant amounts of broken limbs and giant mushrooms growing from the trunk. However, it can live perfectly happily for years like that. From an environmental standpoint, it’s a wonderful tree since it provides food and shelter for a large number of animals. It might not be the perfect tree for humans, but it is a lovely tree to have in a natural forest.

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