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Honey Locust, Sweet Locust, Thorny Locust, Sweet Bean Tree, Sweet Locust, Honey Shucks Locust
Gleditsia triacanthos

Leguminosae (Fabaceae)

Honey locusts as the species type are seldom used in the landscape because of their vicious three- pronged thorns, which can sometimes be as long as 12 inches. They grow on rich soils in the eastern third of the state, although they can tolerate drought and a wide range of soil conditions. Honey locust is a medium to large shade tree with vase-shaped, stratified branching, yellow fall color and soft-textured summer foliage that provides light filtered shade. There is a thornless variety (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis) that can be used for landscaping.

Plant Habit or Use: large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: green, not ornamental

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: long twisted flattened pod, 6" to 18" long

Height: to 50 ft. in Texas landscapes, to 100'+ in more favorable climates

Width: 25 to 50 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high medium

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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