Locust Trees
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very large locust tree

Zone 45231 | Anonymous added on June 15, 2018 | Answered

i have been taught that a problem with very mature locust trees is that they can become a safety hazard. there is much dead wood in the one growing about 25 feet from our house, had a friend years ago that the city made her take her tree down as it was at the curb in a city block. should i be worried?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on June 16, 2018

Black Locust Trees can be an issue.
The trees are used infrequently as landscape trees for a few reasons. First, although the wood is strong, branches are brittle and prone to breakage in high winds. The trees also have thorns. Black locust trees are very susceptible to attacks by the locust borer, which often prove fatal. The trees are more often used to control soil erosion or as a timber tree.

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