Honeylocust Tree (Gleditsia triacanthos)

  • Broadleafed
  • Deciduous

The honey locust tree, or honeylocust, is a fast grower and is considered invasive by some. Flowers are not especially showy. The honeylocust tree is so named because of the taste of the inner flesh of its pods, which appear in fall and unlike the black locust tree, is not toxic. Both thorned and thornless varieties of honeylocust exist.

  • Alternate Common Name: Honey locust tree
  • Average Height: Honeylocust is a medium sized tree, growing up to 80 feet tall.
  • Average Width: No data
  • Leaf Description: Honeylocust tree leaves are 5-8 inches long, with 15-30 leaflets occurring in 4-7 pairs. Leaflets are small and elliptical in shape.
  • Bark Description: Young bark is gray-brown to bronze with many horizontal lenticils, later breaking into long, narrow, curling plates.
  • Twig Description: Twigs can be either stout or slender, generally zig-zag in shape. Some honeylocust twigs have large thorns.
  • Flowering: Honey locust tress have small greenish yellow hanging in clusters, but they're not showy.
  • Needle or Broadleaf: Broadleafed
  • Comments: None

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