This plant is restricted for shipment to Massachusetts.
Latin: Robinia pseudoacacia
Other common names: yellow locust
Mature Height: 40-80 ft. Its trunk can grow to 3-4 feet in diameter. Can sucker from its roots.
Soil / Climate: It is native to South Eastern United States. Black Locust is easily transplanted and grown. Likes full sun and tolerant of most soils. Its known as a very tough plant.
Notes: drooping, black seed pods 2-4″ long. The bark is deep furrowed and blackish. Each leaf usually has a pair of thorns at its base. Its fragrant white flowers (which smell similar to orange blossoms) can be dipped in batter and deep fried. Because it tolerates pollution well, it makes a good city, planted tree. Black Locust wood is hard, resistant to rot and durable, making it useful for furniture, flooring, paneling, fence posts and small watercraft. It is also planted for firewood because it grows rapidly and makes a good slow burning fire. It has the ability to burn even when wet. Makes a good shade tree, used as erosion control and/or for flowering effect.
Wildlife: Black locust produces large dark seedpods which hang and provide food for quail, turkey, grouse, pheasant, and song birds from autumn to early spring when vegetation becomes scarce. Small wildlife animals often take advantage of the Black Locust’s thorns by nesting among the branches. Deer are also attracted to Black locust.