Black Locust at Intersection of Wilburtha Road and West Upper Ferry Road
by Van Cotter
The Ewing Township Environmental Commission recognizes a stately black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) at the intersection of Wilburtha Road and West Upper Ferry Road as the Ewing Township Tree of the Month for September 2011.
The purpose of the Ewing Township Tree of the Month is to call attention to Ewing Township trees of note based on their beauty, size or historical significance and thus engender a greater appreciation by residents for the fine trees in our community.
Please check out this beautiful tree, which stands alone dominating the triangle of land where Wilburtha Road and West Upper Ferry Road intersect.
Though not native to Ewing, black locust is native to Pennsylvania. The wood is dense, beautifully colored, and very rot resistant. It makes excellent fence posts and firewood. Black locust wood was used in building the American naval vessels that proved worthy in the battles against the British in the War of 1812.
Another noteworthy feature of black locust is that as a legume (pea family), it has symbiotic bacteria in its roots that fix atmospheric nitrogen. This makes the tree an excellent choice in land reclamation, for example of old mine sites.
Let the Ewing Township Environmental Commission know about your favorite trees in Ewing Township and perhaps one will be selected for Ewing Township Tree of the Month.