some sort of locust?

ld14051June 2, 2010

There are shrubs growing along an expressway I travel(rte 33 in Buffalo) that has these shrubs I am interested in that are growing wild along the side in rock/rocky area. They have multiple stalks, not woody looking, with black locust like leaves. They have no flower or seeds at all like black locust or a Sumac though. The leaves are alternate pinnately compound and oval but a more elongated oval than a black locust leaf. They are very tropical looking. I am sorry I have no picture. For anyone in my area, I see a lot on the 33 west between where Burgard HS is and the 198 on ramp.

Any one with an idea?

Thanks so much.

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Woody plants that have been mowed or cut down may send up multiple shoots that are not yet woody. This may give the plant a much different look than it would normally have and along roads are a perfect place to see that "mowed effect."

I too live in Western NY (Finger Lakes/Rochester area), locust trees are a very common sight along roadways and expressways. There are some road sections that are very perfumed each year (and so a favorite of mine) from all the blooming locust - which was in bloom in the last 2 weeks. Without a picture, I'd suspect a locust. But there are more tree-knowledgeable regulars here who might have other suggestions.


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