ROBINIA hispida

Commonly known as Bristly locust, Rose acacia

False acacia with rose-pink flowers
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ROBINIA hispida

Available late spring to early summer 2022 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
Large £65.00 each 
Delivery Information Available late spring to early summer 2022
plant size comparison icon 7.5 to 10 Litre


  • Deciduous
    dark-green leaves to 30cm (12in) long composed of 9-13 oval to broadly elliptic leaflets.
  • Shades of pink All shades of pink through to Carmine (red)
    Rose pink
  • Height
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Upright, suckering shrub with bristly shoots. Produces flowers 3cm ( 1¼in ) long in pendent racemes to 12cm (5in) long, followed by bristly brown seed pods 4-6cm (1½-2½in) long.
  • Hardy - very cold winter Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Harmful if eaten These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
  • Additional Features
    Good to know - can be difficult to get established
  • Pests & Diseases
  • Place of origin
    southeastern U.S.A.
  • Flower Shape
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf form
    Pinnate see photos above
  • Leaf margin
    Entire see photos above
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil - will tolerate poorer dry soils but important to shelter from cold winds - branches brittle
Robinia - Growing Guide
2.5m (8ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)

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