Have you noticed that there are certain plants which you seem to always need in your garden? Perhaps they rekindle fond memories or simple make you feel happy.
The golden locust tree (Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’) is my signature tree. Since we moved to the USA we have had at least one in every garden and right now I have FIVE! Funnily enough it is Christina’s favorite too. Why? It’s all about the FOLIAGE.
Sit or stand beneath the canopy as sunlight streams through and you will be bathed in an unforgettable pool of gold. The slightest breeze will whisper secrets through the translucent leaves. It will make you smile.
Here are some ideas on how to incorporate one (or more) into your garden.
Balance the height of a tall house
Without the golden locust tree on the right the mass of this house would be overwhelming on such a small lot.
Add shade to a seating area
A partially secluded patio feels more intimate – and cooler with the filtered shade provided by this tall tree beyond the sitting area.
Use one or more as a trail marker
Use a single specimen as a way to indicate the start of a garden path or several dotted along the way as golden trail markers.
Frame a planting vignette
Use it to establish a soothing monochromatic scheme
The soft tones of ‘African Queen’ lilies are all the more stunning set against the golden backdrop
Use it to create ‘garden moments’ of high contrast
Enjoy the fall foliage too
A new season, a new look. As the leaves turn from chartreuse to rich gold opportunities arise for fresh combinations. Here they highlight the last of the black eyed Susan’s (Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’), warm tones of Crocosmia seed heads and peeling cinnamon bark of the paperbark maple tree (Acer griseum).
Botanical name: Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’
Common name: Golden locust tree
Where it will grow: Hardy to -30’F (USDA climate zones 4 to 9) Find your zone
Water requirement: Low once established
Light requirement: Full sun for best color but also partial shade
Mature size: 30 to 50 feet tall and up to 20 feet wide
Season of interest: spring-fall
When to plant: Plant it in well-drained soil in spring or fall.
Caution: Golden locust trees may produce suckers although I have never had a single one from all my trees
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