Black locust tree, which is also called false acacia, is a tree species considered to be invasive.
Black Locust facts, a summary
Name – Robinia pseudoacacia
Family – Fabaceae
Type – tree
Height – 30 to 50 feet (10 to 15 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – June
Fruit formation – summer
Planting black locust tree
Plant preferably in fall to favor root development before winter and proper regrowth in spring.
If purchased in a container, you can also plant it in spring, taking great care to increase watering at the beginning.
- Black locust tree loves full sun, that’s where it blooms best.
- A mix of garden soil and planting soil mix is perfectly suited to grow it.
Pruning and caring for black locust tree, false acacia
No specific pruning is required, but it is important to remove dead or weak branches whenever you notice them.
- Eliminating dead and diseased branches must be performed regularly.
- In fall, prune branches that cross over each other and in-growing branches.
- Snip off suckers in fall, they are quite useless to the tree.
It is also possible to restrict this tree’s growth by pruning it or removing larger branches in fall.
Learn more about black locust tree
Black locust tree got its scientific name Robinia from its inventor or discoverer Jean Robin, the royal botanist of Henry the IVth of France who planted it for the 1st time Place Dauphine, in Paris, in 1601.
Native to the United States of America, false acacia, which also goes by the common name black locust tree, is a very elegant tree with a balanced bearing. Its hardiness leads it to live a very long life.
- This fast-growing tree is particularly interesting for the color of its flowers.
- A great nectar producer, the flowers from this tree will enthrall bees who will come to pollinate it.
Fruits form pods and come from flowers that cluster in very fragrant bunches of white and red when they appear in June.
The green leaves that may fall off in fall without even having turned brown shimmer and sway and make this tree look alive.
Smart tip about false acacia
Upon planting, spread some mulch at the base of the tree and you’ll avoid weed growth!