Honey locust

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A thorny tree, Gleditsia tricanthos, native to regions in North and South America, Africa, and Asia. The honey locust produces a high quality wood that polishes well and has been used occasionally for specialty furniture. The thorns were once used as nails. Currently, honey locusts are mainly grown as an ornamental tree as its slow growth minimizes its potential for commercial use.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Gleditsia tricanthos; fvier pineux (Fr.); acacia de tres espinas (Esp.); espinheiro da Virgnia (Port.); honeylocust

Honey locust Gleditsia triacanthos

Other Properties

Medium tree growning to 20-30 m Bark = gray brownn, smooth when young with clusters of thorns Leaves = alternate bipinnate Flowers = small hanging clusers Fruit = edible flat pods (15-20 cm long) with dark brown shiny seeds maturing in early fall

Additional Images


  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Honey Locust." Encyclopdia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopdia Britannica Premium Service. 21 May 2004 .
  • Website address 1, Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 8, 2005)

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