Black Locust Wood
(Robinia pseudoacacia), commonly known in its native territory as black locust,[ is a medium sized deciduous tree native to the southeastern United States, but it has been widely planted and naturalized elsewhere in temperate North America, Europe, Southern Africa and Asia and is considered an invasive species in some areas. Another common name is false acacia,a literal translation of the specific name (pseudo meaning fake or false and acacia referring to the genus of plants with the same name.) It was introduced into Britain in 1636.Black Locust is hard wooded, grows best in a sunny location and tolerates any soil that isn’t swampy. This hardy tree is a legume and has a suckering root system that forms thickets if not controlled. The fragrant, white flowers appear after the leaves and are borne in drooping clusters. The fruit is a brown pod and the bark is coarse and fissured.