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Forum topic by VADesigner posted 01-22-2015 07:08 PM 678 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2015 07:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber black locust virginia west virginia

I’m looking for a supplier of Black Locust in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Am willing to travel over the mountain or down the river to WV as well.

Anyhow, if there are any growers out there reading this, I thought I’d share this older article. There’s a market to be had in Black Locust: http://dirt.asla.org/2011/11/10/why-use-ipe-when-you-can-have-black-locust/

“Currently, there are 5 million acres of Black Locust under cultivation worldwide, but “virtually zero in the U.S.” Korea has 1.2 million acres, China has another 1 million, while Hungary has 270,000 acres. “This is something that has the potential to be an economic engine in many parts of this country.”

Start planting now!


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#1 posted 01-22-2015 08:54 PM

You need to find your local sawyers. If you check on the forestryforum.com website, or with woodmizer, you can be put in touch with a local sawyer who cuts locust.

I own a woodmizer mill, and spend a lot of time on the forestry forum. There are several threads running right now about locust.

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 07:15 AM

It’s an interesting wood. The legend is that you can plant it in the ground for fenceposts, then after 50 years yank out the posts and turn them end for end for another 50 years.

It steam (or heat) bends quite well, and is occasionally used for bent frames in boats.

Around here (Pac NW) I think most of it is wild, but I know of no stands of it. Specimen trees in yards, too.

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 08:34 AM

I looked at planting a tree or two of this, but was warned by local arborist that it is considered invasive. Thus the reason I suspect you don’t see much of it here. Apparently the root system will get into everything.

http://www.wildflower.org/expert/show.php?id=9041

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 03:53 PM

Invasive, yes! There is hundreds of acres of black locust in WNY! They have massive root systems and will take over any open field that has good drainage. They are fast growing. I have harvested (500) 8’ posts off 2 acres and 5 years later harvested 1000. To uses for posts they have to be well seasoned. Otherwise they will begin to grow if placed in soil while they are still green!

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 05:22 PM

I had two honey locust trees grafted onto black locust rootstock that were purchased at a nursery. The yard had lots of black locust suckers. I left a few of them to grow because I liked the shade. They were about 20’ tall and 5” in diameter within about 5 years.

The yard was continuously sending up black locust suckers. It was getting harder and harder to control the suckers. I would say that they are quite invasive.

-- Steve

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