From May to June, the distinctive Robinia pseudoacacia is easily identified by the fragrant, long clusters of creamy white flowers that dangle from its angular branches. A member of the pea family, black locust tree flowers are considered botanically “perfect,” meaning each blossom contains both stamens and carpels — male and female reproductive parts.
Native to North America, the black locust tree is now found throughout Europe and parts of Asia, having been imported for its high-value, rot-resistant wood. The profuse, creamy-white bloom clusters range from 6 to 10 inches long, with some cultivars featuring lavender or purple blossoms. Some see the tree a symbol of strength, and the flower is associated with elegance.