Black Locust: a brief introduction

Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is a tree belonging to the legume family (Fabaceae) that is also known as the False Acacia. It can grow up to 30 meters high and shows its white flowers from late spring to summer.

Black Locust leaves
Black Locust tree leaves
Black Locust flowers
Black Locust tree flowers
Black Locust legumes
Black Locust tree legumes

Distribution & Habitats

The original distribution area of Robinia pseudoacacia was in the USA. As a commercial and ornamental plant, Black Locust made its way to other regions and became native. Growing wild, it can be found in most European countries. But also in Australia, South Africa and some Asian regions.

Black Locust grows on dams, on embankments, along highways or on forest edges. Seedlings and young plants can also be seen on walls and stairs, and along roadsides.

False Acacia in a marshalling yard
False Acacia in a marshalling yard.
Young robinia on a staircase
A young Robinia on a staircase.

Uses

Robinia pseudoacacia is used as an ornamental tree for parks and avenues and for timber. With the exception of the flowers, all parts of the plant are said to be poisonous.

A bumblebee pollinates the flowers of the black locust tree
A bumblebee pollinates the flowers of the Black Locust tree.

Pollinators

Pollinating insects include honeybees, bumblebees and other wild bees.

Honey bees also like to visit the flowers of the black locust tree
Honey bees also like to visit the flowers of the Black Locust tree.

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