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Black Locust Tree - ‘Robinia Pseudoacacia’
Hardy Zone: 4-8__ Mature Height: 50-80 feet__Growth Rate: rapid -1m to 2m annually__Optimal Soil Conditions: Well-aerated, not too much moisture, periodic water supply
Black Locust Tree Uses
A Black Locust can be used for generating fiber or biomass for low energy inputs in at least six different ways. They are-
• Paper Pulp
• Making Fodder
• Making Gaseous Fuels
• Producing Liquid Fuels
• Producing Solid Fuels
• Specialty Chemical Extraction (natural wood preservatives, etc.)
The reason this tree is so desirable as a fiber source is due to its strength. The wood is mostly made up of evenly distributed fibers which add great depth to the forest.
This fabulous tree also has excellent potential as an energy source. Its wood is a literal storehouse of chemical extractives. The leaves are extremely high in nitrogen and have also been used for animal feeding trials. The success in this area is mixed. When a comparison of 10 woody plants along with fodder for their chemical compositions, Black Locust was bout to be superior to all other species regarding crude protein content.
Black Locust Tree System
This tree does well with direct seeding which is conventionally done with various other agricultural row crops. Seeds have to be pretreated with 'H2SO4' acid for 50 minutes for germination. The germination rates for these seeds are very high.
Several plantations have been successfully drill-sown and produced perfect stands quite rapidly. The Black Locust is among the fastest-growing North American tree species. It is said it out-competes weed competition during early development.
Upkeep Of The Black Locust Tree
The main priorities when establishing these young trees are to protect them from deer and weeds. They grow so fast that usually after defending them for a couple of years is enough. It is recommended when preparing the build site to exercise weed control either by herbicides or tillage. Some additional weed control will be needed after planting.
Deer can be more of a problem in some areas than others. Where they are emotional problems, mesh sleeves or tubes might be needed. Once this species is established, it will not require active management. The only exception would be if straight trunks were needed to make fence posts and then some locust borer control may be called for.
Two main insect culprits can inflict damage to the Black Locust -
(1). Locust Leaf Miner
(2). Black Locust Borer
During Springtime the Locust Leaf Miner attacks and will cause the leaves to turn brown by mid-summer/early fall. This affects growth but not seriously.
The Locust Borer larvae will carve out tunnels in the tree trunk. This weakens it making it susceptible to wind breakage. A way to combat this is to plant on sites of good quality and where there are also other species of hardwoods and shading trunks.
The only disease that affects the Black Locust tree in any unusual fashion is 'Heart Rot.'
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