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Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe'
Fast-growing deciduous tree with a rounded growth habit to 8m. This attractive variety features compound leaves comprised of small, rounded leaflets that emerge with a showy reddish-bronze tinge, mature to a bluish-green, and turn shades of yellow in the cool of autumn.
Robinia Purple Robe produces masses of perfumed, pea-like violet-purple blossoms, which droop down attractively in spring or summer like a Wisteria (hence the pet name “The Wisteria Tree”), followed by bean-like brown seed pods in summer or autumn.
Grows in a variety of different soil types from clay to sandy, and though drought tolerant once established, this popular variety performs best in a loamy, well-drained soil with regular watering. Prefers a full sun exposure and is well-suited as an accent, street or lawn tree.
It has a single, straight trunk and a reasonable growth rate.