Robinia x ‘Purple Robe’ - Purple Robe locust
Four or five species of Robinia
are native to North America. They are shrubs
and trees. Purple Robe locust is a hybrid between a tall tree with white
flowers, Robinia psuedoacacia, and a
shrubby species with purple flowers, R.
hispida. The fragrant flowers appear in spring before the tree’s leaves.
They resemble large bean flowers and are held in drooping clusters from the
A plant can be seen north of parking garage 38 near the elevated walkway to the Arena.
Medium-sized tree to about thirty-five feet.
Light: full sun
Water: drought tolerant
Soil: a well-drained soil, no other special requirements
This tree is rare in the Jacksonville area but shows promise after two
years. Grow it in a well-drained, sunny area. Be cautious about over-watering.