Species Factsheet

Robinia pseudoacacia


Complete name: Robinia pseudoacacia L.
Taxonomy: Magnoliophyta » Magnoliophyta » Rosopsida » Fabales » Fabaceae » Robinia pseudoacacia
Authors: Corina Basnou
Last updated: December 15th, 2006

Common Names

Black locust, black laurel, false acacia, yellow locust, honey locust, white locust, green locust, post locust, shipmast locust, locust, common robinia, robinia, white honey-flower.


Pseudoacacia communis Simkovics
Pseudoacacia pseudoacacia Borbás
Robinia acacia L.
Robinia pseudacacia L.
Robinia pseudoacacia L.

Short Description

This deciduous N-fixing tree can reach up to 30 m in height. The bark is thick, deeply furrowed and has stipular spines on the twigs. It has alternate leaves, pinnately compound. The inflorescence is a pendant large raceme of white highly scented flowers. The fruit is a legume, 5-10 cm long, which remains attached until splitting open in winter.