Confirmed: Black Locust Seedings - Backyard Invasive Tree
A couple of weeks ago, I posted some photos showing a couple of volunteer locust tree seedlings that had pop'd up in our yard. At the time, I wasn't sure if these were honey or black locust trees. With a little bit more growing time, it is now clear that these are Black Locust tree seedlings. They have - as you can see below - thorns on their main stem. You can see those thorns in the photo below:
Alas, it seems like this is, indeed, no free gift from nature. It is a tree that the Morton Arboretum calls 'not recommended' since it 'spreads too easily. Hence...why I'm seeing these seedlings. I'll get out my pruners and lop these off before they get any bigger.