The honey locust tree is a native tree in the American South. It grows rapidly making it a popular choice with landscapers who want to fill in a large area rapidly. This tree has two different varieties. During the Civil War, soldiers collected thorns from the thorned honey locust tree using them as pins to hold their uniforms together.
This medium-sized tree with angular branches. Once mature, this tree has a broad flat-topped crown. The foliage on this tree appears light and feathery. While the bark on young trees is light brown and smooth as the tree matures the bark develops deep furrows. Eighteen to 30 small leaves appear on a single central stalk. The green flowers on this tree grow in clusters of up to five, and they are very tiny. Bees and other insect pollinators love to feed on these flowers. This tree produces green pods that grow to be about 8 inches long by fall. In the spring, they are light green, but as they mature over the summer they turn reddish-brown. Trees may have thorns up to 12 inches long.
Hardy Planting Zone
This tree does well in zones three to nine. Examples of the honey locust tree have been seen growing in the wild as far north as Ontario, Canada.
This tree typically grows to be over 30 feet tall. Trees growing over 70 feet tall are not uncommon. Most honey locust trees are almost as broad as they are tall.
This tree does amazingly well in a variety of soil conditions ranging from acidic to alkaline. It also does well when it rains often or seldom rains. This tree, however, should be placed where it gets at least six hours of sun each day.
One of the reasons that landscapers love this tree is its growing speed. It usually grows over 2 feet per year.
Since before the 1700s, colonists have been using the honey locust tree for a variety of purposes. The Native Americans used the wood for their bows because of its inherent strength. This tree's flowers are loved by bees and other insect pollinators. A variety of wildlife love to munch on this tree's seed pods. Humans adore this tree because it grows rapidly with its foliage creating a great sunblock.
Honey Locust Tree
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