bristly locust Fabaceae Robinia
|Leaf: Alternate, pinnately compound, 9 to 13 entire, elliptical leaflets, 7 to 9 inches long, green above and paler below.
Flower: Perfect, attractive, rose colored pea-like in hanging clusters, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Flat pod, 2 to 2 1/2 inches long and very bristly.
Twig: Slender, zigzag and covered in bristly red hairs, the twig and hairs later turn gray-brown; buds sunken, no spines.
Bark: Gray-brown with numerous raised lenticels.
Form: Small tree or suckering shrub to 8 feet with a spreading fan shaped crown. Often in thickets since it spreads rapidly from root suckers.
Looks like: New Mexican locust
- black locust
| Additional Range Information:
Robinia hispida is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting bristly locust.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson