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Robinia pseudoacacia

Frisia is named for its bright yellow leaves, which make it a colourful sight throughout the summer, turning to gold in the autumn. The leaves have an attractive pinnate form - each leaf is comprised of several individual leaflets, giving a frond-like appearance.

It will grow fairly quickly to a height of 6m or so.

Scented pea-like white flowers appear in early summer and are very popular with honey bees.

Frisia robinia trees for sale

  • 12-year pot-grown tree £56.00
    In a 7L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £64.00
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

How to grow

Like all Robinias, Frisia is easy to grow and will thrive in most conditions, including poor or chalky soils. It will also fix nitrogen into soil.

Its one weakness is it is susceptible to wind damage when young, so is best planted in a sheltered location.

Note that the seed pods of this tree are poisonous.


The species Robinia pseudoacacia originates from the eastern United States. It is also known as the false acacia on account of its dense hard rot-resistant wood.

If it is being grown as a regular tree Frisia only needs light or no pruning. However if it is being grown for its wood it responds very well to coppicing, and once established will grow back from the roots very quickly.

Frisia characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • AwardsRHS AGM (former) 1993
  • Attractive featuresAttractive foliageScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightTolerates shade
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateFast
  • Site conditionsSheltered siteCoastal siteOccasional floodingOccasional drought
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Flowering monthJune
  • Leaf colourYellow-green
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Gold
  • Country of originNetherlands
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Robinia Frisia