Black Locust: The Tree on Which the US Was Built

To read more about the history of the black locust, and how it impacted US history, see here:

http://www.livescience.com/50732-black-locust-tree-shaped-the-united-states.html

François André Michaux wrote in 1818 (The North America Sylva; Volume 2), of Robinia pseudoacacia:

“Within 18 or 20 years an obstacle has unhappily appeared, which will contribute greatly to prevent the multiplication of the Locust in all the anciently settled parts of the United States : this is a winged insect which attacks the tree while standing, penetrates through the bark into the centre of the trunk, and, for the space of a foot, mines it in every direction, so that it is easily broken by the wind. This inconvenience is already so serious as to induce many people to forego all attempts to form plantations of Locust.  In Virginia.”

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