bristly locust Fabaceae Robinia hispida
Leaf:Alternate, pinnately compound, 9 to 13 entire, elliptical leaflets, 7 to 9 inches long, green above and paler below.
Flower:Perfect, attractive, rose colored pea-like in hanging clusters, appearing in late spring.
Fruit:Flat pod, 2 to 2 1/2 inches long and very bristly.
Twig:Slender, zigzag and covered in bristly red hairs, the twig and hairs later turn gray-brown; buds sunken, no spines.
Bark:Gray-brown with numerous raised lenticels.
Form:Small tree or suckering shrub to 8 feet with a spreading fan shaped crown. Often in thickets since it spreads rapidly from root suckers.