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Photo courtesy of Patrick J. Alexander, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.

Black locust

Scientific name
Robinia pseudoacacia
Plant Family
Distinctive creamy-white fragrant flowers are found in clusters on this medium-sized deciduous tree.
Identification Hints

Black locust trees have distinctive creamy-white fragrant flowers, found in clusters. It is a medium-sized deciduous tree. The fruits resemble a giant, brown pea-pod, 3 - 4 inches long with four to eight seeds inside.

Did You Know?

The wood of black locust is strong, hard, and extremely durable. It is very useful for fencing, mine timbers, and landscaping ties. The tree also serves as a good erosion control plant on critical and highly disturbed areas, due to its ease of establishment, rapid early growth and spread, and soil building abilities. In some regions it is considered invasive.

States
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY