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Gleditsia triacanthos/Honeylocust


A branch showing the wicked thorns

A branch of foliage

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Scientific Name: Gleditsia triacanthos
Common Name: Honeylocust
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 40 - 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Green, Yellow
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Wicked thorns are produced on the trunk and branches and detract from it usefulness as a lawn tree, particularly where there are children and pets present. The fragrant, yellowish flowers, hanging in clusters, are produced in spring or early summer.