Golden locust

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Golden locust (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia')
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Genus:  Robinia
This large, fast-growing tree has droopy leaves that stay sunny yellow from spring until frost, spiny shoots, and fragrant white flowers in late spring and early summer on pendent racemes. The flowers are followed by smooth brown seed pods that are also interesting. 'Frisia' is one of the cultivars that is grown more for foliage than for its flowers and it does not flower as freely as the species.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Fast-growing. Good foliage color over a long period.
Care:  Golden locust likes full sun in fertile, moist soil, but it will tolerate poor, dry soils. It has brittle branches, so it needs shelter from strong winds. Prune in late summer or early fall.
Propagation:  In autumn, sow seed in a cold frame or remove suckers. Insert root cuttings or graft in winter
Problems:  Borers, caterpillars, weevils, scale insects, whiteflies, leaf miners, leaf spots, wood rot, canker, powdery mildew, heart rot, and Verticillium wilt can be troublesome. Suckers may be a problem.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
Over 30 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Fast Grower,
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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