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Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady'

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Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady') at Moana Nursery

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady') at Moana Nursery

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust flowers

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady') at Moana Nursery

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust foliage

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Common Locust

Description:

Somewhat of an oddity, this is a compact garden-scale tree which features a contorted habit of growth and delicate foliage, spineless and sparse-flowering; best used as a focal point in the garden, bare branches are especially interesting in winter

Ornamental Features

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust has bluish-green foliage throughout the season. The oval pinnately compound leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The twisted black bark and brown branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Insects

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Twisted Baby Dwarf Locust will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden 
Applications
Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.