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Robinia hispida

Rose acacia

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour






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This attractive North American shrub quickly develops into a thicket of arching stems, growing from suckers, and tolerates most kinds of soil, especially poorer dry areas where other shrubs might fail. The long slender shoots are rather brittle, so shelter from strong wind is advisable, while firm pruning after flowering helps to keep growth compact and bushy. It is an excellent choice for a warm, sheltered wall, where its arching stems are laden for seven to eight weeks with short, wisteria-like trusses of richly-coloured pea flowers. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Papilionaceae

Genus: Robinia

Species: hispida

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

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