Honey Locust tree
Photo by Juli, adobe stock photo, standard license

Honey Locust

Gleditsia triacanthos


ZONE HARDINESS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
SPACE REQUIREMENTS
- - -
HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS
- - -
SUN REQUIREMENTS
1 50 100

The honey locust is a fast-growing tree, used in areas that are difficult for anything else to grow, ie: parking lots, sidewalk tree squares. Flowers appear in late spring, are greenish-yellow, and provide nectar for bees, butterflies, and moths. The varietal "inermis" is thornless. In summer, the tree provides dappled shade, leaves turn yellow in fall. Drought tolerant.

A 6-8 inch seed pod is produced and is eaten by herbivores, the pods contain a sweet gummy substance that gives the tree its name.

This plant is listed as beneficial to pollinators in the book, “100 Treasure Valley Pollinator Plants”. https://gardentronic.com/blog/one-hundred-treasure-valley-pollinator-plants/


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PLANT DETAILS


NAME
Thornless Honey Locust, Sweet Locust, Sweet-bean
TYPE
Tree
HEIGHT
30-70 feet
SPACING
25-40 feet

ZONE HARDINESS
3-8

SUN REQUIREMENTS
Full sun

ΒLOOM TIME
Late Spring