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A picture of a False Acacia

False Acacia

Robinia pseudoacacia

Also known as

Black Locust, Common Robinia, Bastard Acacia, Fragrant White Locust, Locust, Yellow Locust, Locust Tree

Robinia pseudacacia11 by JoJan (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








50 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of False Acacia

A close up of some white Robinia pseudoacacia flowers and green leaves
A close up of some white Robinia pseudoacacia flowers on a tree
A large Robinia pseudoacacia tree
A close up of some Robinia pseudoacacia fruits
A Robinia pseudoacacia plant with green leaves and brown seed pods

False Acacia Overview

Robinia pseudoacacia is a quick-growing North American tree species from the Fabaceae family. Commonly known by the names False Acacia and Black Locust, amongst others. This plant can grow to 25m in height, with a spreading habit. It produces dark green leaves divided into oval leaflets, between 5-11 in pairs and bark develops deep ridges and spines. Flowers are produced densely in drooping clusters, they are pea-like, white in colour and have a sweet fragrance. Flowers measure around 1.5-2cm in length and are marked with yellow near the base. Leading onto long pods.

How to propagate False Acacia






Special features of False Acacia

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Other uses of False Acacia

Erosion control, ornamental, foliage, fragrance, specimen. Attracts butterflies

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