Monday, November 10, 2008

three trees in fall

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
-commonly called a thornless common honeylocust
-a member of the legume family, Fabaceae
-common honeylocust is a native North American species, and quite tolerant and durable
-yes, the seed pods and multitude of leaflets can make this a messy tree come fall but the golden yellow color the foliage turns this time of year always makes me love them

Crataegus sp.
-a hawthorne, though I am not sure of species and/or cultivar
-a member of the rose family, Rosaceae
-the fall/winter fruit set can be a wonderful addition to the landscape, especially given the nice dense canopy, but inventory the neighboring evergreens because cedar-apple rust has been an issue for me a few times

Oxydendrum arboreum
-commonly called a sourwood
-in the heath family, Ericaeae
-North American native
-a great four-season tree, with nice big texture in the landscape, late summer flower, and obviously great fall color.

(photos taken in Central Park in the early morning sun, November 10th, 2008)

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