|Fast growing, broadly columnar tree with spiny shoots. 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 judicious 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.
Named cultivars that we suggest trying are 'Tortuosa', a slow grower, with sparse flowers, twisted branches; 'Umbraculifera', a grafted plant with dense, rounded head; and 'Frisia' which has yellowish leaves, orange new growth and thorns on young red wood.