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| Honey Locust, Sweet Locust, Thorny Locust, Sweet Bean Tree, Sweet Locust, Honey Shucks Locust|
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
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