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Golden locust

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'

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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 CharacteristicsFast-growing. Good foliage color over a long period.

CareGolden 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.

PropagationIn autumn, sow seed in a cold frame or remove suckers. Insert root cuttings or graft in winter

ProblemsBorers, 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.

  • Genus : Robinia
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Flower Color : White
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