(22) False Acacia

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  • Species
    • False Acacia
  • Botanical Name
    • Robinia pseudoacaci
  • Location
    • St Mary's churchyard, Ridgeway gardens
    • Grid Reference: TQ 14866, 55543
    • Latitude, Longitude: 51.287449, -0.35421
    • What3Words: grid.defend.prefer
  • Identification
    • This is a medium-sized tree with an elegant, open crown. The leaves have pairs of small, roundish, yellow-green leaflets which make it stand out from other trees which mostly turn a darker shade of green as summer progresses. It is in the pea family and bears typical pea-like flowers.
  • About this species
    • Acacias are native to Eastern North America and often succumb to hard frosts. Old trees have deeply fissured trunks. The wood is tough and hardens with age and was used for railway sleepers.
  • Local information
    • A few lovely False Acacias have been lost from front gardens in the Ridgeway in recent years, possibly due to hard frosts. Stand back and notice the shape of the tree - rather than a dense crown, you can distinguish the foliage on the separate branches.

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