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Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Robinia viscosa.

Material uses

Plants produce an extensive suckering root system and can be used for soil stabilization on banks etc[1]. Wood - heavy, hard, close-grained[2]. The wood weighs 50lb per cubic foot[3].
There are no material uses listed for Robinia viscosa.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Robinia viscosa.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Canopy or Secondary canopy

Ecological Functions

Earth stabiliser

Nitrogen fixer


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Seed - pre-soak for 48 hours in warm water and sow the seed in late winter in a cold frame[4]. A short stratification improves germination rates and time[4]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the following summer. The seed stores for over 10 years[5]. Suckers taken during the dormant season.

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Succeeds in any soil, preferring one that is not too rich[6][7]. Requires a well-drained soil, succeeding on dry barren sites[8][7]. Plants are tolerant of drought and atmospheric pollution[7]. Plants prefer a position in full sun, though they also tolerate light shade.

A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to at least -25°c when fully dormant[8]. A fast-growing but short-lived species in the wild[1]. The branches are brittle and very liable to wind damage[7]. When plants are grown in rich soils they produce coarse and rank growth which is even more liable to wind damage[9][7]. Any pruning should be done in late summer in order to reduce the risk of bleeding[7]. The young branches, seedpods and petioles are covered with dark glandular hairs that exude a clammy sticky substance[2]. Plants sucker freely, especially after coppicing, the suckers have vicious thorns. A very greedy tree, tending to impoverish the soil. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[7].

This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[7].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Robinia viscosa
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? Elias. T. The Complete Trees of N. America. Field Guide and Natural History. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. ISBN 0442238622 (1980-00-00)
  2. ? Sargent. C. S. Manual of the Trees of N. America. Dover Publications Inc. New York. ISBN 0-486-20278-X (1965-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Britton. N. L. Brown. A. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada Dover Publications. New York. ISBN 0-486-22642-5 (1970-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 McMillan-Browse. P. Hardy Woody Plants from Seed. Grower Books ISBN 0-901361-21-6 (1985-00-00)
  5. ? Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
  6. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  7. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
  9. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)