Black Locust Tree
An incredibly useful tree native to the southeastern United States, Black Locust has multiple uses and has been valued by homesteaders for generations. Though it can be invasive in certain climates, and is prohibited in Massachusetts, it is valued for its ability to fix nitrogen in nutrient poor soils, stabilizes erosion prone soils, provides habitat for wildlife, has rot resistant and amazingly hot burning wood, and its aromatic flowers can even be dipped in batter and deep fried! Be aware though that the tree will sucker vigorously if pruned hard or damaged by snow or ice storms.
Latin Name: Robinia pseudoacacia
Site and Soil: Well draining soil in half to full day sun.
Size at Maturity: 40-60 feet tall
Bloom Time: Spring
Pests & Diseases: We have not noticed any pest or disease damage on our plants.
USDA Zone: 3-8