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Also known as: Black Locust, False Acacia, Pea Flower Locust, White Locust
This here is a nitrogen fixing, deciduous showy tree that typically grows to 30-50’ (less frequently to 80’) tall. Although originally native to the Allegheny Mountains, it has naturalized over time to cover much of the United States and southern Canada plus parts of Europe, Asia and South America. At its best, it will grow as a broadly columnar single trunk tree with a narrow oblong crown. It is noted for its attractive compound leaves and pendant racemes of pea-like flowers. Branches are usually armed with short paired spines, which often go away as the tree matures. Pinnate dark blue-green leaves, with each leaf having up to 23 lance-shaped to ovate leaflets. Leaves turn uneventful yellow in fall. Intensely fragrant wisteria-like white flowers in pendant racemes (to 8” long) bloom in late spring. Bees are attracted to the flowers. Flowers are followed by smooth, flat, purple-brown seed pods.
The wood is extremely hard, being one of the hardest woods in Northern America. It is very resistant to rot, and durable, making it prized for furniture, flooring, paneling, fence posts, and small watercraft. Highly valued as firewood for wood-burning stoves; it burns slowly, with little visible flame or smoke, and has a higher heat content than any other species that grows widely in the Eastern United States.
Generally considered to be a very easy-to-grow tree. It thrives in many difficult growing conditions and is a good selection for difficult areas where other trees will not grow well. Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light shade, but avoid shady locations. Good drought tolerance. Spreads by self-seeding and root suckers. Avoid pruning in the spring.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-8
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