08/18/19 11:00am

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Leaves and seedpods.

Latin Name: Ailanthus altissima

Locations: Tree of heaven thrives (too well) throughout the Island. One is tucked to the side of the library parking lot; a cluster of small trees flourish along the edge of Coecles Harbor at the intersection of Cobbetts Lane and Ram Island Road.  

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07/13/19 11:00am

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Locust leaves.

Latin Name: Robinia pseudoacacia

Locations: Everywhere! 

Tree stats: Black locust is native to Pennsylvania and Iowa and south from Georgia to Oklahoma. This fast-growing but relatively short-lived tree usually tops out at 50 feet and spans 25 feet wide. Over time, the trunk and older branches develop a thick, furrowed bark in handsome contrast to the delicacy of the tree’s pale green, oval-shaped leaves. In June, black locusts are resplendent with clusters of white, fragrant flowers.

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04/14/19 3:00pm

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Beautiful flowers of the Japanese pieris.

Japanese pieris

Latin Name: Pieris japonica

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