Southwest Plant of the Month – Black locust

Mar 23, 2018 | Plant of the Month

Black locust – Robinia pseudoacacia

Plant Form: Tree
Plant Size: 50′ x 25′
Plant Type: Deciduous
Water Usage: Low
Sunlight: Sun
Colors: White

Physical Description: Tree has an open sparse branching habit. Bark is deeply furrowed. Showy display of creamy-white fragrant flowers in the spring. Care and
Maintenance: Weedy, thicket-forming if not controlled. Thorns. Root suckering can become a nuisance. Gardener’s notes: The wood is hard and dense. Often
used as posts because wood is rot-resistant and strong. Once widely planted for shelter belts, and can be seen around old farmsteads throughout the Mesilla valley.

Southwest Plant of the Month material courtesy of NMSU ACES

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