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Gleditsia triacanthos

Honey Locust

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.

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60-80 Feet


60-80 Feet


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


Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Food/Small Animals
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