tree, shrub

Robinia neomexicana | New Mexico Locust, Desert Locust

New Mexico Locust can be grown as a tree or shrub but most often a thicket-forming, spiny shrub, useful as a barrier or screen. Note that seeds are poisonous. Flowers are fragrant and are profuse in clusters. The interesting seed pods are dark brown, hairy, up to 4 inches long, and hang on branches for a long time. Canopy coverage: 113 square feet.

Water Requirement: low, moderate

Sun Exposure: full sun

Cold Hardiness: cold hardy to -20F

Growth Rate: moderate

Height: 20 feet high

Width: 12 feet wide


Foliage Color: gray-green

Flower Color: red, pink

Flower Season: spring, summer

Wildlife: bees, hummingbirds