Gleditsia triacanthos

Honey Locust

Botanical description: A delicate and sophisticated silhouette defines Gleditsia triacanthos, a big ornamental deciduous tree with relatively transparent form, high branching and wide shady canopy. The honey locust is one of the most urbane large trees, with feathery yellow-green pinnate compound leaves that turn bright yellow in the fall, cream spring flowers, and brown legume fruit, drama exudes from the tree throughout the year as it attracts a wide range or pollinators and other wildlife. Its slender form and ability to tolerate poor soils, atmospheric pollutants, and drought have rendered the species a perfect street side specimen. It is most often seen isolated, however, has the ability to invade open prairies when seeds are spread through animal droppings. Honey locust is a flood plain species that can tolerate compaction, drought and periodic inundation. It is considered mildly invasive especially in the mid-west as it establishes well in open prairie landscape and at the edges of woods. However, the tree presents many ecological and medicinal benefits and is often deployed for landscape reclamation on mining waste and has the ability to capture carbon.