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Golden-leaved Black Locust

Golden-leaved Black Locust
Photo: Fleming's Nurseries
Invasive Plant
Golden-leaved Black Locust
Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' and other grafted cultivars

This deciduous, spreading tree to 15 m has dense, drooping clusters of fragrant, pea-like, white flowers appearing in spring. The trunk has rigid and furrowed bark and the luxuriant leaves are golden-yellow when young and turn orange-yellow in autumn. It is widely used as a street tree and shade tree due to its vigorous growth and tolerance to extreme soil conditions. The Mop Top Robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Umbraculifera') is a standardised form.



  • They are prone to suckering. This happens because the variety is grafted onto a vigorous understock, Robinia pseudoacacia, also known as the False Acacia. The False Acacia can grow to 20 m. It is a deciduous tree with green compound leaves and sharp thorns.
  • If its roots are damaged (for example by a mower, whipper snipper or by digging) or if the roots hit an obstacle, such as a heavy clay soil or garden edging, they will produce suckers. This characteristic is retained when the tree is used as an understock.
  • The hard-coated seed may also be spread long distances in soil, water or occasionally by animals.
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Additional suggested alternatives: Chinese redbud (Cercis chinensis),  forest pansy (Cercis canadensis), tuckeroo (Cupaniopsis anacardioides)  


Alternative Plants

Chinese Pistachio
Photo: John Zwar
Alternative Plant Chinese Pistachio
Pistacia chinensis
Trees and Shrubs
This small tree from China is grown mainly for its spectacular red and orange foliage in autumn.  The Chinese pistachio reaches 5 to 8m high by 6 to 8m wide.  Its fresh green foliage and compact size make it suitable for a variety of gardens as a feature tree.  It does best in moist, well drained soils including lime.  Once established the trees are drought and frost tolerant.  
Crepe myrtle 'Natchez'
Photo: Fleming's Nurseries
Alternative Plant Crepe myrtle 'Natchez'
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Natchez'
Trees and Shrubs
A popular tree to 8m x 6m with a slightly weeping habit. This form has an abundance of white flowers from mid-summer to autumn, reddish foliage in autumn, and one of the features of the Crepe Myrtles, attractive peeling bark which develops after a few years. It is moderately fast growing, suitable for a range of growing conditions including heat and dryness, although it needs to be well watered during establishment. Resistant to powdery mildew it makes a splendid feature tree.parks, driveways and avenues.
Photo: Fleming's Nurseries
Alternative Plant Liquidambar
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba'
Trees and Shrubs

This deciduous tree is an ideal specimen tree for large open spaces such as parks and gardens. Growing to 13 m high, it is noted for its yellow to burgundy-red autumn colour. Performs best in a moist full-sun position.

Mop Top Maple
Photo: Fleming's Nurseries
Alternative Plant Mop Top Maple
Acer platanoides 'Globosum'
Trees and Shrubs

A dense, symmetrical and formal round-headed deciduous small tree to 5 m high by 4 m wide. Leaves turn golden-yellow in late autumn, the young foliage in spring is bronzy-green. It is a robust and ideal street tree where space and height are limited and requires little or no pruning to hold its shape. Once established it is relatively drought tolerant. An excellent alternative to Mop Top Robinias.

Mudgee wattle
Photo: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Alternative Plant Mudgee wattle
Acacia spectabilis

Trees and Shrubs
A popular small native Acacia from Queensland and New South Wales.  It grows 2 to 4m high by 2 to 3m wide.  Useful as a feature tree, it flowers prolifically over winter and spring.  An easy to grow tree tolerant of drought and heavy frost, it will grow in loam and clay soil and is unfussy about soil pH.  A prostrate form is also available.   
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