False-acacia - Robinia pseudoacacia

Alt Name
Black Locust Tree

A tree with pinnate, dark green leaves with 3 to 10 pairs of oval, blunt leaflets and very fragrant white flowers in long pendant racemes, which are followed by smooth, dark brown seedpods.

Photo ID?

Usually in parks and on road verges as a planted tree, but sometimes escaping to establish in the wild.

When to see it

Flowers June and July.

Life History

Deciduous tree.

UK Status

Scattered localities, mainly in southern Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map