Visitors to our garden always want to know the identity of this tree. It's a Honey Locust that is about 62 years old. It provides beautiful dappled light but in the fall sheds an amazing amount of tiny leaves and stems that clutter the ground and clog the gutters. I think many homeowners get annoyed with this part of its personality and cut it down long before it achieves this magnificent status. We're willing to put up with the leafy debris in exchange for the drama of its presence in the garden.
If you blow up this last photo you can see the size of the Locust's trunk at the right front edge of the deck. And you can see the ladder Mark uses to get up onto the roof to clean out the gutters and blow the leaves off the roof!