Black Locust, Yellow Locust, False Acacia Robinia pseudoacacia

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Botanical Name:

Robinia pseudoacacia







Common Name:

Black Locust, Yellow Locust, False Acacia

Seeds Per Pound:
362.23 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
Germination Test Type:
100-150 feet
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In Stock: 362.23 lb
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours,If seeds do not swell treat with boiling water.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required, innoculant could be used.
In a Nutshell:
* This is a quick-growing, extremely tough, loose, open tree with compound leaves which drop in pieces, creating little debris.
* It's fragrant white flowers are beloved by bees. more...
* The black locust is native in the United States from Pennsylvania to northern Georgia and westward as far as Arkansas and Oklahoma, but has been widely spread.
* Black locust is a major honey plant in the eastern US, and, having been taken and planted in France, is the source of the renowned acacia monofloral honey from France.
* In Europe it is often planted alongside streets and in parks, especially in large cities, because it tolerates pollution well.
* An essential oil is obtained from the flowers. Highly valued, it is used in perfumery.
* Black locust has nitrogen-fixing bacteria on its root system; for this reason it can grow on poor soils and is an early colonizer of disturbed areas.
* Black Locust is 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, comparable to the heat content of anthracite. more...
Usda description:

Black locust has a shallow, aggressive root system. The bark of black locust is deeply furrowed and is dark reddish-brown to black in color. It has an alternate branching pattern, which creates a zigzag effect. A pair of sharp thorns grows at each node. They are ½ to ¾ inches long, and very stout. The pinnately compound leaves are 8 to 14 inches long, with 7 to 19 short stalked leaflets. These dull green leaflets are ovoid or oval, 1 to 2 inches long, thin, scabrous above and pale below. The separate male and female plants have sweetly fragrant flowers that are creamy white with five petals (bean-like) arranged in a pyramidal spike. They usually bloom in May or June. Heavy seed production can be expected annually or biannually. The legume type seed is produced in a flat, brown to black pod, which is 2 to 4 inches long. There is an average of 25,500 seeds per pound. Although black locust is a good seed producer, its primary means of spread is by both rudimentary and adventitious root suckers.

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