False Acacia tree identification
The False Acacia Robinia pseudoacacia is also known as a Robinia or Locust Tree. In the eastern USA, where it originates, it is known as the Black Locust. It was introduced to Britain in about 1636. This is not a true acacia. The name ‘false acacia’ comes from the idea that the leaves look like a true acacia. It is now planted on city streets and in gardens as an ornamental tree, often as a variety which does not have spines. False Acacia tree identification – pinnate leaves, cascade of white flowers in spring, brown seed pods in winter, spines on some trees. Click on any photo to enlarge it.
The leaf has 9 to 23 smooth edged leaflets which are almost, but not quite, opposite one another. This is a pinnate leaf.