Bristly Locust or Roseacacia- Robinia hispida is a shrubby thicket forming Locust species. It has an abundance of rose colored flowers each spring that bees love. This was once a popular plant on farmsteads where hillsides were eroding away. This could be planted to hold the soil and its roots would fix nitrogen to reinvigorate the “worn out” soil.
The stems are covered in soft red bristles that are not at all like the thorns of a Black Locust. This shrub is attractive in all seasons. It can spread aggressively but regular mowing around it will keep it in check.