Robinia HispidaRough-Stalk'd Robinia
- Class and Order
- Diadelphia Decagynia
- Generic Character
- Cal. 4-fidus. Legumen gibbum elongatum.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- ROBINIA hispida racemis axillaribus, foliis impari pinnatis, caule inermi hispido. Linn. Mant. p. 668. Ait. Kew. v. 3. p. 53.
- ROBINIA racemis axillaribus, pedicellis unifloris, foliis impari pinnatis, caule inermi. Jacq. Amer. 211. t. 179. f. 101.
- PSEUDO ACACIA hispida floribus roseis. Catesb. Carol. 3. p. 20. t. 20.
There are few trees or shrubs which have contributed more to adorn our plantations, and shrubberies, than those of this genus, nine species of which are enumerated in the Hort. Kew. of Mr. Aiton, most of these are natives either of North-America, or Siberia: the present species, an inhabitant of Carolina, is perhaps the most ornamental of the whole: its large pendant bunches of rose-coloured flowers load the branches in May and June, and sometimes a second crop will be produced late in the season, these with us usually fall off without producing any seed-vessels.
This shrub is not disposed to grow very tall in America, it is most prudent indeed to keep it humble, to the height of four or five feet, and to plant it in a sheltered part of the garden, as its branches are liable to be broken by high winds: Marshall (Arb. Amer.) describes it as spreading much from its running roots; we have not observed it to do so in any great degree here; it is propagated by layers, by cuttings of the roots, and by grafting; it is of ready growth, disposed to blow even when young, and not nice as to soil, or situation; the flowers afford a good example of the class Diadelphia, they are large and beautiful, but without scent.
Was cultivated by Mr. Miller in 1758. Ait. Kew.