Black Locust is native to the Ozark Mountain and the Central Appalachia. With a quick growing nature and agile adaptability, this tree and has spread to all of the lower 48 states. They have spread through the planting of ornamental landscapes, shelter belts, and fuel wood. While this is an adaptable tree, it favors previously disturbed ground such as a road ditch or an abandoned road.
What To Look For
- Average height 30-50 ft
- Average spread 20-35 ft
- Lush white flowers
- Dark reddish-brown to black bark
- Shallow aggressive root system
- Crowds out other plants
- Grows rapidly
Map of Black Locust territory in the US. (Courtesy of https://www.invasive.org)
Black Locust is a a problematic tree that will spread and become noxious if it is not managed properly and/or eliminated. The tree spreads easily from seeds as well as chutes that come up from the root system. They can take over areas of vegetation and overcrowd other native species.
Vegetation management is required to eliminate this invasive species. Using a mechanical solution, such as Diamond’s Skid-Steer Rotary Mower or Forestry Mulcher, is fast, efficient, and extremely effective.
Watch the Diamond Skid-Steer Forestry Mulcher in Action below: