North American locust

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A common name for a genus (Robinia) of North American hardwood trees. Locust tree have long paper pods that contain hard seeds. The black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is native the the Appalachian mountain region. It produces a heavy dark wood that was formerly used for shipbuilding and is now used for fence posts and outdoor trim. Locust trees are also planted for shade.

Synonyms and Related Terms

black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia); falsa acacia (Esp.); robinia (It., Port.); falsa acacia (It.)

Density 55-65 ppcf

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965 Comment: 55-65 ppcf
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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