This lovely golden tree is one of two Robinias tucked away at the quiet end of Rockware Avenue. Their trunks have a dense covering of mature ivy which contrasts beautifully with the bright foliage. Robinias turn this colour in the autumn but I think these are a cultivated variety, “Frisia”, which is this lovely shade all year round. The common name for these trees is the Black Locust and it was introduced to Europe in the early seventeenth century from North America. Its flowers provide a rich source of nectar, planted to support bees in the US and France and it’s also a favourite with urban landscapers. I love its long pinnate leaves and rich colour.
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