Why Buy Our Volume Trees?
- Our volume trees are plug plants which can be planted all year round. No rush to plant as roots are not exposed.
- Grown in Scotland which makes the plants much hardier (used to bad weather)
- Very easy to plant, little cultivation required and very high success rate.
- Our trees are covered by a FREE TREE WARRANTY. (first 15% not covered)
- Plants do not "check" when planted so rapid early growth.
- Root plug contains both naturally occurring mycorrhizae and fertilzer.
- Growing containers eliminate root spiralling.
- FREE DELIVERY (UK Mainland only)
Large Order Discount
Orders over £1000 can be heavily discounted by preferably contacting us or calling 0800 043 1057
False Acacia Tree or Black Locust (Robinia Pseudoacacia)
The deciduous False Acacia tree has quite the long list of positive attributes. To start with it will tolerate dry sites but this is dry within reason. We suspect Bedouin desert dwellers looking to liven up the outside of their tent will not get the results they had hoped for with our False Acacia tree. Its natural habitat is dry, sandy and rocky habitats so a fertile garden with a loving green fingered gardener looking after it should be a god send.
If thinking of using for Bio fuel, the False Acacia tree is a good choice as it coppices or Pollards well as the new shoots grow back even faster using the already established root system. Taking wood from the tree in this fashion can be sustained for 100 years or more.
It will also tolerate shade but this depends on which book or website you look at. As it is a fast growing tree we suspect that the lack of sunlight just slows it down a little giving the illusion of normal growth rate. So in summary, as we all like a definitive answer, we say for best results stick it in full sun and if you have any doubts buy a sun tanning lamp and stick it next to the tree or don't buy it.
The white scented hanging flowers make it visually pleasing. It is considered an ornamental tree suitable for parks and other places requiring stunning trees however the brittle branches maybe a problem if planting close to roads, paths etc as these have been known to snap in high winds. Even so, in Europe it is often planted alongside roads as it deals with pollution well. This means that the brittle branches cannot be that much of a problem or public liability insurance is dirt cheap over there. One way of reducing main branch breakages is to prune the tree to have a main leader until 8 or so metres high so that a strong and straight trunk grows.
The False Acacia should easily get to 6m+ at 10 years but expect it to reach 25m, sometimes more, rarely much more (52m). Of course low flying helicopters, Mr Magoo like tree surgeons and freak winds may have an impact on the final height.
False Acacia or Black Locust tree will tolerate acid or chalk soil and coastal sites. A great benefit is that this tree has Nitrogen fixing bacteria on its root system which means it can tolerate poor soil conditions.
The white and fragrant flowers that appear in June are well sought after by the bees and make for excellent honey as it has a high fructose count although local weather conditions will determine frequency, quality and quantity of output making it a little less predictable.
Originally from America, it is a well planted and established tree in Europe although considered invasive by some due to the exceptionally high seed output and aggressive root suckering. This may give the mental image of octopus like tentacles grabbing small children and animals into the ground however it actually means young shoots easily and readily grow from the main root system some distance away from the tree.
False Acacia is particularly good for firewood as smoke and flame is less than most other timbers (provided it is seasoned of course although it still burns) and it burns hotter and slower. Better used in a log burner rather than open fire as can be prone to spitting for up to a metre or two.
The wood is close grained and resistant to rot so has become popular for water craft, fence posts and other gardening tasks. Not so popular when first cut as is a bit like a dirty wet dog, offensive odour until dried out. Some heartwood has lasted more than 100 years in soil.
Apparently the leaves and bark are poisonous but are ok when heated although the flowers are eaten freely without any processing other than dressing in some countries. Do not plant near horses. If yours displays signs of anorexia, colic, weakness, cardiac arrythmia, depression and incontinence then they may have eaten parts of the tree and require immediate veterinary assistance.
Apart from the already mentioned soil improvement, timber, honey and ornamental qualities, it has also been used in many modern perfumes and can be used to control erosion.
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our False Acacia Trees Dear Alan, Enjoyed your e-mail...much more user-friendly than the usual drivel one receives and made us laugh!! Anyway, the tree arrived in perfect condition and is planted as you can see in the photo. Stuart Barrow 0215
Site Conditions And Evergreen Tree List
Our tree chart details which site conditions suit which trees and also which are evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Feeding Or Fertilizing Hedges
This is a task that can easily be over done. Any nitrogen based fertilizer will do such as 20:20:10 but the longer lasting ones which take 18/24 months are better as they are regulated by the weather and moisture therefore release slowly.
If you are one of those lucky people that lead an eco lifestyle (VERY jealous if you are) and want to buy trees to burn, then maybe our wood burning chart (excel spread sheet) will help you decide. Ash, Eucalyptus Gunnii and Willow are worth looking at for their growth rates and calorific values.
If you are looking to plant lots of plug plant or cell grown trees (the 10-40cm-ish) size range then maybe you should consider our tree planting tool. Tree planting rates of over 700 per day achievable.
Adding A Bit Of Colour And Attract Wildlife
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is very attractive, fragrant and attracts more wildlife to your garden. A bit on the vigorous side but worth the effort. A great addition to your project.
Broadleaf wood planting would be around 3m between each tree. Christmas tree planting for a commercial crop is around 1m.
Factors Detrimental To Cell Grown Trees
Too much/little water, animal Urine, excessive wind exposure (will slow growth), salt spray, frost on new growth, herbicide drift and over application of fertilizer.