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Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) is a deciduous tree species belonging to the family of legumes. It originates from the southeastern part of the U.S., but it has spread to North America, Europe and Asia. In some areas it is considered an invasive species. In private forests of continental Croatia is one of the most widespread tree species. Likes sandy soil. Foresters use it in plantations for protection from erosion.

It grows to heights of 25 m, and thickness up to 90 cm. Older bark is longitudinally furrowed trunk. Bract scales are converted into strong spines, about 2 cm long, mostly flat and woody. List comprises 9-25 elliptical, less hairy leaves 3-5 cm long. The flowers are white and fragrant, in clusters 20 cm long. Blooms in May, after leafing. Pods up to 10 cm long and bare, has 4 to 10 seeds. Optimum maturity is achieved around 30 years of age. Wood is yellow-brown in color and hard, great for firewood, burning slowly, with barely visible smoke and achieves high temperature combustion. Wood is great for making different items. That was doing in his youth, and Abraham Lincoln. Because flavonoids, locust tree can survive 100 years underground.
Acacia honey is extremely bright yellow color, mild flavor and pleasant aroma, light and tasty, it is recommended for children and reconvalescents. Because of their properties is one of the most valued type of honey. Helps with insomnia, calms over stimulated nervous system and eliminates effects of accumulated stress. Months remains in a liquid state and crystallizes very slowly, in part because it contains more fructose than glucose. The bees overwinter well and successfully, if they are provided in winter acacia honey. Recommended to take tea with chamomile, because it enhances the activity of honey and tea. It is also advisable to take at night before bedtime. Strong and abundant acacia bash for bees found in almost all regions of mainland Croatian which was once planted or spread naturally as a very adaptable plant.
All parts of Locust are poisonous, except flowers. Bark is particularly toxic. It is especially toxic to horses. If the horse eats parts of trees, after an hour, he develops the symptoms of diarrhea, weakness, cardiac arrhythmias, of abdominal pain and depression. We urgently need to call the vet.

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