Fragrant Invader

by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia

June 4, 2014

Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia

Fragrant Invader

Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia

Black Locust, Robinia pseudoacacia (photo: Robert Mayer)

Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) has a limited native range in the central and southern Appalachian Mountains but, thanks to human transportation, it is now widespread. Its aggressive growth habit makes it an unwanted invasive in many locations. On the plus side, its pendent white flower clusters (in bloom now) exude an intoxicating perfume. Read more about the history of black locust.
Arnoldia 48/4, 1988 [pdf]

— Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *