R. Pseudo-Acacia is a tree familiar to inhabitants of Long Island and other places around New York, and a favorite on account of the sweet fragrance emitted by its delicate racemes of blossoms in early summer.
The lightly waving, line leaflets of the thick foliage with the drooping racemes of white flowers, make an exquisite forest picture.
A curious provision for the protection of tender buds is furnished by trees and shrubs of this genus. The base of the present leaf-stalk is hollow, like a thimble, and it fits bud. One has only to pluck a locust leaf to discover next season's bud forming under it and growing in as perfect a nest as could, be devised. It is a common opinion among farmers that lightning will strike a locust tree quicker than any other, and that, therefore, one planted near a house may serve as a lightning-conductor. The numerous charred trunks of locust trees observed in a walk in the forest would seem to bear out this idea.