This tree, which I believe is an Idaho Locust (Robinia ambigua), was planted in 1996 when my neighborhood was developed, and at the behest of the city – it’s a street tree.
Except for the few weeks – like now – in spring when it blooms, I despise this tree. It has thorny branches that want to cross and and thorny, vigorous, abundant suckers, both of which require lots of pruning. It sheds leaves all year round, not just in the fall, making a mess all year round.
I’m not alone in my feelings about this tree. Despite the city’s rules against it, most of my neighbors have removed these trees from the parking strip.
But, when it is in bloom, heavily laden with clusters of deep pink blossoms that hang from its branches like bunches of grapes, I have to admit, it is spectacular.