[permaculture] Black Locust propagation

dwoodard at becon.org dwoodard at becon.org
Thu Sep 15 18:56:23 EDT 2005

Black locust of the right size makes really good long lasting fence posts.

The flowers are good for nectar and therefore honey. I understand that
a selection (variety "semperflorens") from Europe, said to bloom for six
weeks, is preferred for honey.

I have read of a study in Wisconsin which showed much better growth of
pine trees planted with black locust due to the nitrogen fixed.

I have also read that Russian work showed better growth of poplars planted
with caragana. I might prefer caragana to black locust. I understand that
poultry can eat caragana seeds; black locust seeds are toxic but I don't
know if some creatures can eat them - probably, but I don't know what.

Black locust has fairly short thorns. It's honey locust that has the big
(several inches) narrow spikey ones, and big long seed pods

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

On Thu, 15 Sep 2005, Carrie Shepard wrote:

> What are the good uses for black locust trees?
> We have had a lot of them pop up on the property behind us and I was
> wondering if that was a good or a bad thing.  There the ones with those
> nasty thorns, right?
> Carrie
> In OK

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