Height: 30-50 feet
Bloom time: May to June
Fast growing--3-4 feet per year
One of the strongest trees in the world; very adaptable to climates and soil types
Fun Fact: ☺Honey produced by pollen from the black locust is delicious and sought after.
Pollinator value: Very High
It was the fragrant, pea-like flowers of the black locust, blooming in the spring, that reportedly sent John Muir on his adventures as a naturalist.
- Hummingbirds love the flowers
- Red-eyed vireo and rufous-sided towhee have shown a preference for locust for habitat, and screech owls use it for roosting.
- Leaves are valuable and nutritious feed for livestock (not horses)
- Great for windbreaks, shade and shelter for animals
- Sometimes considered aggressive because it grows and spreads quickly, often forming thickets