Locust Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Gridley, CA
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Question by laviolet
May 15, 1998
What does the locust tree with purple flowers look like?

Answer from NGA
May 15, 1998
Locust tree leaves are divided like feathers into many roundish leaflets, with clusters of sweet pea-shaped flowers in mid-spring. The trees are fairly fast growing. The purple flowering kind is 'Robinia ambigua', (Idaho Locust). It has bright magenta-rose flowers in 8" inch clusters.

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