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Robinia pseudoacacia 'Umbraculifera' (Moptop robinia, Locust, Robinia)

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Plant description

robinia pseudoacacia  umbraculifera moptop robinia

robinia pseudoacacia umbraculifera moptop robinia foliage

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Umbaculifera' is a fast growing deciduous tree with pinnate dark green leaves and a rounded growth habit. The dense habit gives a heavy shade beneath it. It has pendant racemes of pea like flowers in spring and early summer. It is a hardy tree that likes a sunny position in a well drained soil. It is very frost tolerant and moderately drought resistant once established. It copes well with windy sites and poor soils. It can be pruned to a smaller size if needed for smaller areas.  Robinias are leguminous, meaning they fix nitrogen with their roots. They produce a useful wood, which is rot resistant.

The seeds, leaves and bark of this plant are poisonous.

The moptop Robinia is a grafted tree. It produces suckers readily, up to 15 metres away from the tree, and these need to be removed as they develop, as they have long sharp spines. Any damage to the root system will encourage suckering.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring summer

Scent

The flowers are lightly fragrant

Plant size

Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
High frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.0-8.0

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Winter if bare rooted, anytime if potted.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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