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Here is a beautiful variation on the Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) which possesses all of that tree’s numerous assets but with a few additional ones thrown-in. It is the Golden locust or Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'. This is a small tree or shrub, whose size is well suited to today's urban gardens, and it's trouble-free and able to grow virtually anywhere. This is the tree for that really rough place in your garden where little else stands a chance. But not only is it tough as any but it has the most stunning yellow foliage which retains its color, though the tones change, throughout the summer. And just before leaf fall, there is one last brightening. Overall, the effect of the fine-textured foliage is sunshiny and cheerful. And being a Black locust, Golden locust has the heavenly-scented white flowers in spring which bring the honey bees that produce a superb honey from these blooms. And the bright yellow foliage will bring out the designer in you as you find other foliage colors for contrast, such as purples, burgundies and dark greens. The combination is spectacular.

Golden locust is a tough tree, growing well in poor soil and polluted urban conditions. It tolerates heavy clay soil and droughty summers. The rugged branching pattern and red seed-pods on mature trees are also picturesque in winter. Ten-year-old trees reach 20 to 25 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide and mature trees reach 40 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide. It thrives throughout most of North America including Lower Canada, and does well in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Another beautiful locust is Purple Robe.

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