Description: The Black Locust is used for a variety of purposes. It can be used as a honey crop, or for erosion control with its shallow aggressive roots and nitrogen-fixing capabilities. It is also planted for firewood because it grows rapidly, is highly resilient in a variety of soils, and it grows back even faster from its stump after harvest by using the existing root system. Great for urban planting along streets as it handles pollution well.
The wood is extremely hard, being one of the hardest woods in Northern America. It is very resistant to rot, and durable, making it prized for furniture, flooring, paneling, fence posts, and small watercraft. In the Netherlands and some other parts of Europe, black locust is one of the most rot-resistant local trees, and projects have started to limit the use of tropical wood by promoting this tree and creating plantations. Flavonoids in the heartwood allow the wood to last over 100 years in soil. As a young man, Abraham Lincoln spent much of his time splitting rails and fence posts from black locust logs.
Black locust is highly valued as firewood for wood-burning stoves; it burns slowly, with little visible flame or smoke, and has a higher heat content than any other species that grows widely in the Eastern United States.
The flowers open in May or June for 7–10 days, after the leaves have developed. They are arranged in loose drooping clumps (racemes) which are typically 4–8 inches (10–20 cm) long. The flowers themselves are cream-white (rarely pink or purple) with a pale yellow blotch in the center and imperfectly papilionaceous in shape. They are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, very fragrant, and produce large amounts of nectar. Each flower is perfect, having both stamens and a pistil.
Plant size and information: This listing is for a live, healthy Black Locust tree seedling 12-24+ inches tall. The trees are grown in 3.5x5 inch pots.
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Deep, moist, well drained
We ship USPS Priority Mail for fast delivery.
We do not ship to the following states due to state restrictions: Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. No international shipping.
The Creative Farmer is registered with the CO Dept of Agriculture, and is a certified Japanese Beetle free nursery.
The trees we ordered were packaged better than any nursery we have ordered from. They were healthy and looked great. They arrived in a timely matter. I would order from this shop again!!!!!!!
May 12, 2018 by jlwarner6
I prefer little trees either bare-root or with tiny root balls as they seem to outpace bigger transplants and they are overall more healthy in the long-run. These fit the bill.
I ordered six black locust seedlings that arrived well packaged and super healthy. The pots even have a layer of Peat on top to retain moisture. It's all about the details.
I planted one in the yard and I have the others out on the deck hardening. I have done quite a bit of planting in my new food forest so I can tell a healthy plant when I see it. I will definitely purchase from this shop again.