Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaves pinnately compound
  • Twigs smooth, olive colored, striped with lenticels, usually with pairs of stipular spines borne at each node
  • Bark deeply furrowed into rounded, interlacing, scaly ridges
  • Clusters of thin legume-pods containing 4-8, small, brown seeds
  • Prefers sandy loamy sites, shade intolerant, clonal, insect pollinated

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