About This Plant

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. They have dark brown, deeply furrowed bark. The wood of the Black Locust is highly valued for its strength and resistance to rot. It has been used for various purposes, including making fence posts, furniture, and ships. This tree is also planted for erosion control and as an ornamental in gardens and urban areas.

The Story


The Black Locust leaf is characterised by its pinnately compound structure, featuring several small leaflets arranged in a feather-like fashion along a central stem. Each leaflet is oval or elliptical in shape with a smooth margin. The leaves are alternately arranged on the stem. The colour is typically a bright green, and they have a smooth texture.


The Black Locust produces elongated clusters of fragrant white flowers. These blossoms give way to slender, dark brown seed pods in late summer. The pods contain small seeds and persist into the autumn.
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