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Improved black locust variety

 
Edison Avecillas
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Hello everyone.

My family and I just purchase some acreage we will be using for some small scale homesteading and farming.

We have some pasture but the majority is wooded with hemlock which is not high in value and dying due to the adelgid disease. We are working with a forester who will be helping us harvest the majority of these trees in order to make space and renew our woods to some extent.

We hope to plant tree seedlings of high value and that have different benefits. After doing much research and knowing of the many benefits of black locust, we have decided to grow them all over the property in particular we have set our minds on the improved strains of black locust tree.

The improved strain comes from Europe with much faster growth and straight trunks and also higher pollen/honey yielding traits. 

Does any know where to purchase this improved variety or knows of anyone that has imported any of them from Europe where they bred for these specific traits?

I believe we came across two sources here in the United States that carry an improved straight trunk variety but they are sold out for the season and I believe they are not the ones from Europe.

Any help and guidance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
 
Dooley Tunner
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I want to know the answer to this question too!! I hope we find out about this cultivar. What is it's name, do you know? Where in Europe is it cultivated?
 
Henry Jabel
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I would like to know too. I would guess its more eastern europe than western europe as we are a little behind on how useful a tree robina is and there is more wood production in the east.

There are only a couple I know of and they are really bred for ornamental reasons rather than the common permaculture uses:

Frisia
A bushy medium-sized deciduous tree with bright golden-yellow, pinnate leaves, which become vivid greenish-yellow in summer, orange-yellow in autumn. Seldom flowers freely

https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=1633

Bessoniana

Small/medium. More compact round-headed, and spineless. This tree is far more tolerant to wind as it has a more compact habit than Robinia pseudoacacia. A better form for commercial landscape work and can make a good avenue or city tree as it withstands city pollution. Very pretty in flower.

http://www.hillier.co.uk/trees/products/listings/bessoniana/
 
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