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Water Locust, Swamp Locust
Gleditsia aquatica


Water locust grows mainly in east Texas along rivers and swamps or in standing water of lagoons and sloughs, sometimes forming large thickets in rather deep water. It flowers in May or June and the fruit, a small legume with one seed (sometimes up to three seeds) per pod, ripens in August. The tree is sharply spined.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub small tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: greenish yellow

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small legume, normally with one seed per pod

Height: to 60 ft.

Width: to 30 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements: water or bog

Soil Requirements:

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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