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Honey Locust

Gleditsia triacanthos is the botanical name of Honey locust. It is a deciduous tree native to eastern North America. It is mostly found in the moist soil of river valleys.

Honey locusts can reach a height of 20–30 m (66–100 ft), with fast growth, and are relatively short-lived; about 120 years, some living up to 150. They are also prone to losing large branches in windstorms. The leaves are pinnately compound on older trees but bipinnately compound on vigorous young trees. The leaflets are 1.5–2.5 cm (smaller on bipinnate leaves) and bright green. They turn yellow in the fall.

                                                                                                           Gleditsia triacanthos

Honey locusts commonly have thorns 3–10 cm long growing out of the branches; these may be single, or branched into several points, and commonly form dense clusters. The thorns are fairly soft and green when young, harden and turn red as they age, then fade to ash grey and turn brittle when mature.

             

 

 

 

       

      Gleditsia triacanthos