Black Locust

Black Locust - young planted tree in Wal-mart parking lot - photo by Ed Frank

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Black locust bark, Hudson Valley - photo by John Eicholz

Will Blozan - June 2, 2005
One of the botanists I worked with in the Smokies was
convinced that black locusts never die- they just send a shoot up from the
roots in a more favorable habitat. He physically traced conjoined locust
roots (runners?) between stems over considerable distances- enough to emerge
in a new light gap. The "parent" stem would then die as the new shoot grew
in the new site. Neat to think about, and awesome to visualize in mental
time-lapse images.