An excellent, native, honeybee forage species as well as nitrogen-fixing tree. Edible blossoms taste sweet and delicious. Makes one of the best rot-resistant lumbers known to man. Fast growing and establishes easy but must be planted in full sun, or nearly all-day sun. Stunningly beautiful and very fragrant EDIBLE blooms begin in only about 2-3 years from planting. Bees absolutely love it! Considered one of the very best bee forage species, and considered to produce one of the best honeys in the world. In our experience, the thick black locust honey turns out almost clear/ white and tastes like almond-vanilla ice cream. To say it is delicious is an understatement. Honeybees have been known to make entire crops off these trees alone.
You can plant black locust as a productive, useful wind break, timber species, bee forage or all three. Makes the land more fertile and healthy. Blooms around May-June. Some permaculture growers intersperse species like black locust or honey locust throughout their orchard for natural and sustainable soil fertility. Nut trees grow much faster when interplanted with nitrogen-fixing shrubs or trees such as Black Locust. Makes excellent firewood as well, very high in BTU’s and long-burning. We’ve observed small logs burn hot for about 8-10 hours! Every farm and homestead should have some black locust trees on it. Small thorns when young, disappearing when older. Expect these trees to get around 2-4 ft tall the first season, 6-8′ by year 2 and blooming by year 3 or 4. Field Grown. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia.com
Recommended for Organic Growing
Uses: Windbreak, nitrogen production, edible blooms, excellent honey plant, excellent rot-resistant lumber, excellent firewood. Edible, delicious blooms. Ideal honey tree.
Disease and trouble free species.
Native USA Tree.
Plant Size: 1-YR, Approximately 1′ Tall Bare-Root seedlings