Clammy locust

Clammy (a.k.a. Gooey or Sticky) locust has been in bloom for about a week in our yard. It is a small rough-barked tree and gets it’s name from the sticky twigs. It is a native North American tree that was introduced into Europe around 1600. It likes a sunny edge. Wikipedia says the flowers are used as tea and to make pancakes in many parts of Europe. All other parts of the tree are toxic. Locusts are related to peas. Our trees have their best blossoms ever this year (reaction to stressful years past ???) Like all trees and shrubs they stand out when they are in bloom and I’ve noticed quite a few along the Glooscap Trail, particularly between Carr’s Brook Hill and the foot of Economy Mountain. The bees are loving them.

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