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Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' (Golden locust)

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' Photo/Illustration: Steve Silk


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' roe-BIN-ee-ah soo-dah-KAY-see-ah Common Name: Golden locust 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.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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