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Central Park North - A Walking Photo Tour of Common Park Trees


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Central Park North - Black Locust and Ginkgo
Olmstead's Black Locust

Olmstead's Black Locust

Photo by Steve Nix
The 55-acre wooded portion of Central Park's northwestern corner remains much like it was when first developed in 1850 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. You can find beautiful black locust and ginkgo trees along Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard, from Frederick Douglas Circle to Warrior Gate.

Black locust is a legume with root nodes that, along with bacteria, "fixes" atmospheric nitrogen into the soil. These soil nitrates are usable by other plants. Most legumes have pea-like flowers with distinctive seed pods as does black locust. Black locust is native to the Ozarks and the southern Appalachians but have been transplanted in many northeastern states and Europe. The tree has become a pest in areas outside its natural range.

Black locust is not native to the Central Park area or to easten New York state. Read more about: Black Locust

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