Black Locust

Robinia pseudoacacia, also known as the Black Locust, is a deciduous tree native to North America. Black Locust trees typically grow to heights of 30 to 50 feet (9 to 15 meters) with an upright crown.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a narrow, open crown and pinnate leaves. It produces fragrant, white, pea-like flowers in hanging clusters.


The Produce

These blossoms give way to slender, dark brown seed pods in late summer.


The Flowers

Produces large clusters of fragrant, white, pea-like flowers in late spring.


The Leaves

Each leaflet is oval or elliptical in shape with a smooth margin.


The Bark

The bark is gray and deeply furrowed, becoming rough with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in woodlands, along roadsides, and in gardens.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including bees and birds. The flowers are particularly attractive to pollinators.


The Culture

Valued for its durable timber and ornamental flowers. Often planted for erosion control and as a honey plant.


Fun Facts

The Black Locust tree is known for its hard, rot-resistant wood, which is often used for fence posts and flooring.

The Connection To Burton Constable

bchp info coming soon