40 Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia

Family: Fabaceae

The name Locust comes from the Jesuit missionaries who thought this tree was the Locust tree mentioned in the Bible but in fact that was the carob tree native to Syria and Spain. The Black locust has toxic seedpods and a habit of reproducing by suckering, so much so that the tree has been declared a weed in some parts of USA and even banned in some states. Like most legumes it fixes nitrogen in the soil so it can flourish in sandy soils where other tree can’t.