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'Purple Robe' Locust

'Purple Robe' Locust

Regular price $95.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $95.00 USD
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Plant Type: tree

Plant Height: 30-40 feet
Spread: 20-30 feet
Flower Color: purple-pink
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


The Purple Robe Locust, scientifically named Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe', is a highly ornamental variety of the Black Locust tree. It is celebrated for its stunning, deep purple-pink flowers that bloom profusely in late spring, providing a dramatic and beautiful display. The flowers are not only visually appealing but also emit a sweet fragrance, attracting bees and other pollinators.

Growing to about 30 to 40 feet in height with a spread of 20 to 30 feet, the Purple Robe Locust has a fast growth rate and forms an upright, spreading canopy. The tree's foliage consists of bright green, pinnate leaves that turn yellow in the fall, adding seasonal interest to the landscape.

Adapted to full sun, the Purple Robe Locust thrives in well-draining soil and is highly tolerant of drought, pollution, and a variety of soil types, including poor soils. This makes it a versatile choice for urban and suburban landscapes, as well as reclamation projects.

In landscaping, the Purple Robe Locust is often used as a specimen tree due to its ornamental flowers and attractive foliage. It can also be used in parks, along streets, and in residential settings where its compact size and tolerance of urban conditions are beneficial.

While the Purple Robe Locust is highly valued for its aesthetic qualities, it is important to note that the tree can be prone to suckering, and its wood is somewhat brittle, which may result in limb damage during severe weather. Additionally, like other members of the Robinia genus, it is considered invasive in some areas.

Overall, the Purple Robe Locust is a striking and fast-growing tree that adds color, fragrance, and beauty to the landscape. Its adaptability to harsh growing conditions and low maintenance requirements make it a favored choice for gardeners and landscape designers looking for an impactful and sustainable addition to their projects.

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