Black Locust

Robinia pseudo-acacia L.


NATURE deciduous tree
LEAF composed: oddly pinnate
  Leaf edge: dentate
Leaf shape: egg-shaped
Nervation: feather-veined
FRUIT legume
INFLORESCENCE in hanging clusters

Medical value: none.
Use: An exceptional hard and sustainable wood, it is very flexible and heavy. Makes excellent pole wood. In former times it was used for wagon building, wheel spokes, solid furniture, spoons.

Note: The branches carry heavy thorns.


Bloom. All months in which we can find blooming specimens. Regional differences may occur.
Harvest Time. All months in which we can find ripe fruits on trees. Unripe fruit can be found earlier on trees and shrubs. Sometimes even throughout the year, as happens with trees such as pines, this fruit ripens over several years.
Both flowers and ripe fruit may occur at the same time in some months.