Locust, Black 1-0

Inventory Status: 5415


Black locust reaches a mature size of 30 to 70 feet in height and 1 to 2 feet in diameter. It grows on a variety of sites, including disturbed areas, but grows best on moist loams of limestone origin. The wood is used extensively for fence posts, poles, mine timbers, split rails and decking, as well as for pulpwood and fuel. Sprouts and seedlings are important food for cottontail rabbits and deer. The flowers are an important nectar source for honey production. Black locust is a nitrogen fixer and is good for reclaiming mine sites and other disturbed lands.