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Mountain Maple vs Black Locust

Acer spicatum

Robinia pseudoacacia

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(new stock expected: fall of 2019)

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Black Locust

Used to growing in the shadows of the damp forest, White Maple (aka Mountain Maple) is a great fit for shady and wet areas, such as beneath larger trees. Unlike most of its cousins, the White Maple is a shrub instead of a tree. It's still a maple, however, with sap that can be made into Maple syrup to prove it!

In May and June, the classic shapes of Maple leaves are joined by clusters of green and yellow flowers. Soon after, red samaras (aka helicopter seeds or whirligigs) appear. This distinctive appearance makes White Maple an excellent choice for giving urban yards a unique (and patriotic) look.

Black Locust is an attractive tree. Its distinctive leaves are made of about a dozen bright green leaflets. It also notable for its fragrant white flowers, which smell of citrus.

Black Locust can grow in many situations, but prefers dry areas with lots of sun. It is robust and is an excellent choice for establishing shade in dry, open areas.

Important note: Much of the Black Locust is toxic to humans and livestock, including seeds, bark, and leaves.

MOUNTAIN MAPLE QUICK FACTS

BLACK LOCUST QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: no
Catkins: yes
Flowers: Yellow and green flowers in may and june
Flowers: Creamy white flowers in a pyramidal shape bloom in may-june
Bark: thin reddish or greyish brown, smooth or with small grooves
Bark: dark reddish brown to balck with furrows
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: white maple
Other Names: false acacia, yellow locust


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes