Scientific Name: Robinia pseudoacacia
Nativity: Southeastern United States
The wood is one of the hardest woods in North America. It is prized for furniture, flooring, and boats. It is also often used as firewood for wood-burning stoves. Abraham Lincoln spent much of his young adulthood splitting fence posts made of black locust. In India, different parts of the tree are used as laxatives, antispasmodics, and diuretics. The bark and leaves are toxic, but the seed pods are edible. In France, the flowers are often deep fried and eaten.
DBH: 39.6 inches