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May 28, 2017 7:16 PM CST
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We've really loved this plant, and it's been the same size for about 10 years now, about 6' tall. The leaves look like locust, but its not a tree, it's a bush. It does spread slowly, and is not very full, just elegant looking. Does anyone know what this could be?

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May 28, 2017 7:46 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Have you ever seen Bristly Locust?

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May 28, 2017 8:28 PM CST
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No I haven't! I'm going to have to look closer tomorrow and see if there are little hair like growths near the flowers. I'm wondering if it's the clammy locust, mentioned on your link. Thanks! I'll check back when I have a better photo.
May 28, 2017 9:16 PM CST
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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It's more likely a cultivar of Black Locust called 'Purple Robe'.
May 29, 2017 8:43 AM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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That plant clearly has bristly-ness along the stems (especially in the second image), which would put it in the range of Robinia hispida, Robinia fertilis, and Robinia viscosa - but not Robinia pseudoacacia.

Great botanists have a hard time telling the bristly locust group apart, without all the pertinent parts present. I had a hard time discerning whether I was seeing blue flowers or something more in the lavendar to pink range, based on the photography and lighting of the landscape. I can see pink flower buds in the third image.

Robinia hispida is a spreading suckering shrub that only reaches 6-10', so your plant is right in its sweet spot. It would rather be in a really dry spot, so if your plant is in a wetter zone near water, that may be suppressing its growth somewhat.

You could clip a piece off of this plant, and photograph it against a neutral background like a sidewalk, driveway, or table top - and really show the leaves top/bottom, the stems/bristliness, and flowers. This would be good documentation for identification, and an opportunity to bulk up the Plants Database images.
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May 31, 2017 7:39 PM CST
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I was able to get better photos of the plant today. Does this make the ID any easier?
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