Utah Division of
Forestry, Fire & State Lands

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Black Locust - American Fork

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Common Name Black Locust
Species Robinia pseudoacacia
Address 896 North 290 East, American Fork
City American Fork
Year Planted 1860
Height 80 Feet
Circumference 137 Inches
DBH Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) is the standard forestry measurement of the tree's trunk diameter at 4.5 ft from the base. 42 Inches
Name of Nominator Darin Nerdin
Date Rated 2007-12-19
Ownership Private: Paul and Laverne Nerdin
Story This Black Locust tree is the lone survivor of 8 seedlings brought across the plains in a covered wagon by the Henry Spencer family, who emigrated from Nottingham, England in the early 1860's. Bringing tree seedlings was a common practice for early emigrants to the Salt Lake Valley because the valley lacked trees. The Black Locust was chosen because its hard wood, which was good for making harnesses, yokes and wagon wheels.
Author Darin Nerdin