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Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) and its role in Central Europe and Czech Republic: review.

Abstract

The literature review summarises the available knowledge on black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) with the focus on Central Europe. General characteristics of the species are described. The origin and introduction pathways of black locust to Europe and across the continent are discussed. The area currently covered by the species in selected European countries is summarised. The paper also evaluates the growth habits of the species and its regeneration and dispersal strategy. Attention is paid to the invasiveness of black locust. The authors discuss detrimental effects of black locust on some plant communities and habitats and mention biotopes most vulnerable to black locust expansion. The review refers to silvicultural techniques that could unintentionally promote the undesirable spread of the species. On the other hand, the paper summarises the challenging positive features of black locust, appreciates its qualities and presents examples of successful utilization.