Black Locust Purple Robe - 12 Seeds - A good suburban tree, Beautiful blooming flowers that persist for many weeks. Beautiful landscape tree
Black Locust Purple Robe - 12 Seeds - A good suburban tree, Beautiful blooming flowers that persist for many weeks. Beautiful landscape tree

Black Locust Purple Robe - 12 Seeds - A good suburban tree, Beautiful blooming flowers that persist for many weeks. Beautiful landscape tree

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Black Locust – ‘Purple Robe’
Robinia pseudoacacia
’Purple Robe’ Black Locust,‘Purple Robe’, Royal Robe Locust
Description: The most well known Black Locust is the 'Purple Robe,' a good suburban tree that blooms with wisteria-like deep pink to purple flowers. Medium to Large-sized, spiny tree with a forking, often crooked, and angled trunk and irregular, open crown of upright branches.
Height: 40-80' (12-24 m).
Diameter: 1-2' (0.3-0.6 m).
Leaves: Pinnately compound; 6-12" (15-30 cm) long. 7-19 leaflets 1-1 3/4" (2.5-4.5 cm) long, 1/2-3.4" (12-19 mm) wide; paired except at end, elliptical, with tiny bristle tip, without teeth, hairy when young; drooping and folding at night. Dark red-to deep green above, pale and usually hairless beneath.
Bark: Light gray, thick, deeply furrowed into long rough forking ridges.
Twigs: Dark brown, with stout paired spines 1/4-1/2" (6-12 mm) long at nodes.
Flowers: 3/4" (19 mm) long; pea-shaped; with 5 unequal deep red petals, the largest pink near base; very fragrant; in showy, drooping clusters 4-8" (10-20 cm) long at base of leaves; in late spring.
Fruit: 2-4" (5-10 cm) long; a dark red to black, narrowly oblong flat pod; maturing in autumn, remaining attached into winter, splitting open; 3-14 black, flattened, beanlike seeds.
Habitat: Moist to dry sandy and rocky soils, especially in old fields and other open areas, and in woodlands.
Range: Central Maine and Canada south to NE. Alabama, and from S. Missouri to E. Oklahoma; naturalized from Maine to California and in S. Canada; from 0 (Sea level) to above 5000' (1524 m) in southern Appalachians.
Discussion: The Common Black Locust is widely planted for ornament and shelterbelts, and the Purple Robe is grown as a show planting in landscapes. It grows rapidly and spreads by sprouts, suckers, stumps, and other methods; it is a medium-lived species. Virginia Indians made bows from the wood and apparently planted the trees eastward. British colonists at Jamestown discovered this species in 1607 and named it for its resemblance to the Carob or Old World Locust (Ceratonia siliqua L.). Posts of this durable timber served as corner posts for the colonists' first homes; and are still in existence in many historic colonial locations from Massachusetts to Virginia.
Warning: Seeds are poisonous and can be fatal to humans and animals. Leaves, twigs, and bark may also be toxic. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a person’s age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plant’s different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.

Materials: 12 Black Locust Purple Robe Seeds