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Black Locust



Black Locust - Timber and Veneer Tree Plantations

Fast growing Black Locust trees are ideal for timber, veneer and wood pellet tree plantations where black locust wood has a natural resistance to rot and is used for fence posts, decks and wood pellets.

The value of Black Locust tree seedlings as a tree species was practically destroyed in nearly all Eastern parts of the United States and Canada in the early 1900’s by the unintended introduction of European beetle borers which riddle the trunk and branches with holes making the tree commercially non-viable. Were it not for the invasion of these insects it would be one of the most valuable timber trees. In the East, young trees grow quickly and vigorously for a number of years, but soon become stunted and diseased, and rarely live long enough to attain any commercial value due to insect damage and heartwood rot. In parts of the West, these trees can grow into commercial timber quite quickly free of these regional pests.

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In some areas it is classified as an invasive tree species due to its tendency to spread via its extensive root systems. However, this unique ability to grow new trees from roots makes it valuable for land reclamation and commercial tree plantations. Black locust is a fast growing tree, particularly when its young which when combined with the rapid propagation techniques of a Tree Plantation nursery make Black Locust tree seedlings an ideal tree spieces choice for tree plantation projects.

Black Locust Wood

One hundred years ago, before insects and over harvesting depleted commercial timber stocks, Black Locust wood was prized for its hardness and natural resistance to rot. These qualities made black Locust tree seedlings and black locust wood perfect for fence posts; underground building supports, decks and railroad ties. The presence of tyloses makes Black Locust wood virtually water tight.

Black Locust is highly valued as firewood for wood-burning stoves; it burns slowly, with little visible flame or smoke, and has a higher heat content (BTU’s) than any other temperate hardwood species making it an ideal wood source for the wood pellet industry. There is potential to create a Black Locust hardwood flooring facility - the only one of its kind in the Western U.S. - shipping incredibly durable and attractive flooring products worldwide.

Black Locust Is One Tough Tree

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Black Locust tree seedlings grow rapidly, are highly resilient in a variety of soils, and grow back even faster from its stump aftermature timber harvest by using the existing root system and is therefore a sustainable resource.

Black Locust Wood

  • Black Locust 4 x 4; 6 x 6; and 8 x 8 structural timber
  • Black Locust Wood Hardwood flooring
  • Black Locust Round fence posts
  • Black Locust Wood Landscape timber
  • Black Locust Organic honey production
  • Black Locust Wood Split rail fencing
  • Black Locust Wood pellets

Fast Growing Black Locust Tree Seedlings

Fast growing black locust tree seedlings are a great choice for landowners looking for a faster return on investment. Our varieties of Black Locust tree seedlings are tall and are clear grained to a height of 20 feet in just 6 years from one-year-old Black Locust tree seedlings. Our Black Locust tree seedlings have well-developed root systems which increases the percentage of survivability the next season after transplant.

Over the last few years, Black Locust is being promoted as an alternative to tropical hardwoods; many of which are endangered. European governments are leading the way by blocking imported wood, in an effort to curb the unsustainable harvesting practiced by most importing countries and it’s quickly catching on in the United States.


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Black Locust Average Height: 18 feet

Black Locust Age: 8 years

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Old Is New Again

This push to use Black Locust wood instead of endangered tropical wood has created a shortage of this valuable tree. This is a huge opportunity for tree farmers living in temperate climatic zones.

The following comments where collected from a national wood products discussion forum using Black Locust in the United States.

Comment from contributor A:

I am a wood-flooring contractor and have installed a couple black locust floors. I take exception to a comment above to the effect that it is low grade.  Not only is it tough (second only to osage orange as the toughest native wood) and resistant to moisture (much better than white oak) and rot (way better than cedar), it is gorgeous! If you haven't seen it, picture the grain of oak and color it with gold and add a glow that shifts in the light. Black locust is tougher than hickory, which is tougher than hard maple, which is tougher than oak. I have gotten it for only slightly more than the price of oak. I only wish there was a supply of the lumber in my area. I'd make everything out of it. It has a very low rate of expansion and contraction, making it very stable for furniture and woodwork (interior or exterior). Hard to work? Well, it's not balsa. Whaddaya expect when it's practically the most durable and stable wood available? Use sharper tools.

Comment from contributor B:

My parents have several dozen of these trees on their property. As a child I marveled at the coarse bark and the tall, lanky stature of these wonderful trees. After a bad ice storm toppled a few, my father cut all but one for firewood (the rest cracked and split as they came down). He dragged it to his sawmill across the road in the spring and sawed some dimensional lumber from it and placed the lumber in his basement. That was 15 years ago. A few months ago I nabbed a few boards and made a picture frame with an 8x10 photo of his mill inside. The colors that came out in that wood after a semi-gloss varathane was applied were amazing. The green and yellow hues were beautiful. The wood was a bit boxy when ripped on the table saw and it planed up nice with my 15" Makita floor planer. The finished product was better than I could imagine. If anyone has any of these, keep them standing; take deadwood or storm knockdowns. I have taken a few sprigs from the ground (they seem to spread like weeds!) and planted them at my house some 65 miles away and they are growing great. I have not seen these trees elsewhere in Nova Scotia and have no idea where they came from.

Comment from contributor C:

Posts made of locust wood are good for grapevine supports in vineyards. Locust wood lasts longer than pressure treated wood, and it does not leak harmful chemicals into the soil as pressure treated wood does, such as arsenic, which can be absorbed by the plant and therefore into the fruit. Vineyard posts are usually 8 feet long and about 4.5 inches in diameter. In a vineyard, 1.5 to 2 feet of the post is put into the ground, depending on the soil, and two to three wires are run between the posts on which the grapevine is tied. Locust can also be used for fence posts. There is no need to use a waterseal.

Comment from contributor D:

As a bandmill sawyer, last year I started sawing black locust, and what a surprise, it saws just as easy as cherry, and the grain and color is out of this world. I sawed a couple hundred board feet the other day to use as a floor for a kiln, due to the moisture resistance. It's the most under-rated lumber out there.

Comment from contributor E:

I have about 20 cords of black locust logs from a land-clearing job we did last summer. It's a wonderful species for firewood – it burns hot and long if properly seasoned. It's also very rot resistant and commonly used for fence posts and exterior construction on farms. It's a fast growing pioneer tree here in the northeast - meaning it's one of the first species to appear in fields left fallow. It will seed itself in these old pastures and grow in fairly dense stands that are very straight and tall (sometimes over 100 feet).

Comment from contributor F:

I live on Long Island near the abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital. The hospital itself was established pre-1890, and the grounds (400+ acres) were apparently planted with many Black Locust trees, many of them now over 75-80 feet in height. Some of the older ones were cut down by N.Y. State in its infinite wisdom, and I was able to take out about a cord and a half of Locust as firewood. Let me tell you, once properly split and dried, that wood is among the best I have ever burned in my heatilator-equipped fireplace. It burns slowly, and very hot. The key mechanism here is to make sure it is properly stacked and dried; this will keep spitting during burning to a low level. While splitting the wood one can't help but notice a beautiful gold-green sheen to the heavy, straight veined splits. The wood is as hard as any I've ever worked with, and I must agree with the wood-working individual above who states that it is of the highest quality!

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