Robinia pseudoacacica

Trade Names

Locust, Black Locust, Robinia

Similar Woods

Chestnut, Oak, Elm


South-eastern parts of the USA


In the southern regions of the USA and cultivated in Europe since the 17th century. By now, this tree has spread quite well in Central Europe and especially in the south-east regions of Europe, where it even occurs as real forests. Heights of up to 25 m can be reached, with diameters as large as 80 cm.


Only few and especially good logs are manufactured to veneers. Since such logs are seldom to be found, a constant supply of veneers is not possible. If available, then used for interior design and for single objects. Besides for veneers, used many ways as a heavy-duty construction wood, e.g. for mining as well as in vehicle and ship building. Counts as one of the toughest wood species. Favourite turning-wood.


Of greenish colour when freshly cut, later turning to a golden brown. Pronounced structure due to fine pores developing in early growing years, opposed to its coarse pores which result later on. Looks very decorative and noble after surface treatment.


Can be worked well with any sharp tools.


Slow and careful drying is mandatory as the wood tends to heck and warp.


Takes lacquers and stains well. It is almost impossible though to impregnate the wood.