|'Bessoniana' is a fast growing tree with spiny shoots, erect when immature, rounded when mature. Grows to 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Dark green leaves are pinnate to 12 inches long, with up to 23 lance-shaped leaflets. White, fragrant flowers, to 3/4 inches long are held in pendant racemes, to 8 inches long. Followed by brown, smooth seed pods, 4 inches long.
With judicous pruning while young, this very common and too often neglected tree, can be quite nice. Though a popular street tree, it really should not be used close to power lines where mature, hard wood has to be pruned.