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Black Locust

Robinia pseudoacacia

Family: Leguminosae or Fabaceae

  • Fertile, moist soil
Black Locust tree
  • Shrub to medium-sized tree
  • 1-3 cm or 1/2"-1" pairs of thorns surround leaf scars
Black Locust bark
photo copyright Jason Biggerstaff, 2004
Black Locust compound leaf
  • Compound leaves with 6-20 leaflets
  • Leaflets usually egg-shaped, with a round tip
  • Alternate
photo copyright Jason Biggerstaff, 2004

a compound leaf

Black Locust leaflet
Reproductive structures (flowers, fruit):
  • Flowers May-June: clustered, white and fragrant
  • Fruits September: 5-15 cm or 2-6 inches long, flat, bean-like pods
a single leaflet
Black Locust seed pod

A bow from a sapling can be as potent a weapon as you could hope for and will take big game, and can be made successfully with a minimum of tools. Bruised foliage mixed with sugar will attract and kill flies.

photo copyright Jason Biggerstaff, 2004

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