Am I alone here or did you ever wish you had a little more acreage so you could grow all of the beautiful spring flowering trees?
Robinia x slavinii 'Casque Rouge' is an open, rounded deciduous tree with spiny branches and pinnate leaves made up of many mid green leaflets. Long drooping clusters of large deep pink or purple flowers appear in late spring and are followed by long brown seed pods in the autumn.
This common Black Locust tree is anything but common and I would love to have room for one in my yard just for the blooms.
It grows best in moist, well drained fertile soil but it does tolerates poor soils and droughts.
It will grow in full sun or partial shade so it is not s fussy tree.
The flowering season is in late spring from May to June, according to the weather conditions, when it displays these long drooping clusters of purple flowers.
I know the bees were flocking to its blooms as they do the Honey Locusts trees along the woods around my home.
Locust Borer and Leaf Miner
Black Locust trees grow quite well in our poor hard clay soil. But we have had our Black Locust trees invaded by the Locust Borer and Leaf Miners. I saw the damage these bugs can do on a trip about twenty years ago to Pennsylvania. Their trees had browning leaves all along the hillsides where they grew. I then watched them spread to start killing the Black Locust trees in eastern Ohio and Holmes county in the Amish country area of the state while on visits there over the years. And now I see the Locust Borers and Leaf Miners are here in the hills in numbers that are killing our Black Locust trees in the Hocking Hills area. Every summer now their browning leaves can be seen in numbers in the surrounding forest and park areas. So this beautiful Pink Cascading Locust would be vulnerable to them as well without treatments being applied.
Everyone have a wonderful week and….