Frisia Locust

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'

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Frisia Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia') at Canadale Nurseries

Frisia Locust

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Frisia Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia') at Canadale Nurseries

Frisia Locust foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  45 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Common Locust


A colorful and open shade tree with very fragrant and showy chains of white flowers in spring, bright yellow foliage has reddish spines; very adaptable, does well in poor soils; tends to sucker and form colonies of trees, good for large-scale naturalizing

Ornamental Features

Frisia Locust has attractive chartreuse foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The oval pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. It has chains of fragrant creamy white pea-like flowers with yellow eyes hanging below the branches in late spring. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Frisia Locust is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Insects
  • Spiny

Frisia Locust is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Frisia Locust will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Foliage Color 
Ornamental Features