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Gleditsia triacanthos

Honey Locust

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Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey Locust)

Best grown in rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Will tolerate a range of conditions including high wind, high summer heat, and drought conditions. Easily recognized for the large spines on the trunk, popular for shade hedges and attracting wildlife.

Additional Information:
The needle-like spines have been used as pins.


Height
60-80 Feet

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Spread
60-80 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Not suitable for domestic locations but livestock and wildlife will consume the pulp of the pods that form and change from red-green to maroon. There is also a yellow fall color.

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

FAC

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture

Average

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals