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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    3 3 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Black locusts are a tall, spindly tree with fragrant white pea-like flowers. They have prominent thorns when they are young and deeply furrowed bark when mature.

    Latin Name

    Robinia pseudoacacia


    Family

    Fabaceae


    Also Known As

    False Acacia


    Type of Plant

    Trees Trees

    Bloom Season

    May - June


    Seasons

    Spring Spring

    Specifications

    Max height Max Height: 80'
    Max spread Max Spread: 35'

    Uses

  • Shade Tree
  • Street Tree

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Air Pollution
  • Deer
  • Drought

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern and central United States


    History

    Jefferson was growing black locusts in 1771.


    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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