I was impressed with the 4 to 5 inch thorns on this Honeylocust Tree. This is a native tree in the S.E. United States and the name comes from the sweet taste of the immature pea pods from this leguminous tree.
I stopped at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center near Aurora on my way to Salem to see how the fall leaf palette was coming along. There are hundreds of different varieties of deciduous trees planted in rows as part of a test plot. If you would like to add to your collage of autumn leaves, this would be the place to go.
Visitors are welcome at the center and the gates are open during business hours on week days. Be a little cautious however, although all of the trees have a bark, some of them have a bite.
North Willamette Research and Extension Center
15210 NE Miley Road Aurora, Oregon
Photo: © 2007 mkellar