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Tree, Plant, Flower & Insect Identification

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(Pea & Legume Family)
Cercis canadensis - Eastern Redbud
 Small tree or shrub, up to 30 feet tall.
  Prefers rich soil that is well drained and shaded locations.
  Typically short lived between 40-50 years.
 Dark reddish brown shaggy bark that can peel off in chunks.
 Alternate, simple, entire leaf.
  Upside down heart shape due to cordate base of leaf.
  Leaf edges curl into "U" shape.

Cladrastis kentukea - American Yellowwood
 Prefers alkaline conditions, well drained soil and full sunlight.
  Up to 50 feet tall with up to 55 foot spread. 
 Gray, slender and smooth bark with light colored striations.
 Compound, ovate, pinnate with 7-11 leaflets.
  Buds enclosed in petiole.
 Fruit are brown pods up to 4 inches long.

Gleditsia triacanthos inermis - Thornless Honeylocust
 Up to 70 feet tall and wide. 
  Yellow to green in color.
 Shiny, smooth, light gray bark with reddish zig zags.
 Leaves are bi-pinnately or pinnately compound.
  Leaflets very small, up to 1 inch.
Gymnocladus dioicus - Kentucky Coffeetree
 Up to 75 feet tall with up to a 50 foot spread.
  Very adaptable, does well on high ph soils and in full sun.
  Has very little insect problems, thus it makes a good urban and street tree.
 Light gray, flakey bark, when pulled away orangish color.
 Bi-pinnately compound leaves.
  Can be up to 36 inches long and 24 inches wide.
  Fruit is a seed pod.  The pods in the picture to the left are immature.
Robinia pseudoacacia - Black Locust
 Height of 30-50 feet, and spread up to 25 feet.
  Paired stipular spines zig zag on branches.
  Very invasive species.
 Coarse, dark gray bark.
 Pinnately compound leaves up to 14 inches long, with 7 to 19 leaflets.
  Fruit is a seed pod that is up to 4 inches long.