|These tough, fast-growing trees tolerate flooding, seasonal extremes, acid and alkaline soils, highway salts and city pollution. They resist wind damage and tolerate drought once established. Their spreading branches are covered with thorny forked spines. Their long narrow pods have a sweet gummy sap, which inspires the common name, Honey Locust. Lawns or ground covers grow well under their light shading canopy, which is leafless during its long dormant period. Prune to prevent multiple trunks. Stake and train young trees. Roots break paving, so do not plant near sidewalks or curbs.
This thornless tree reaches 40 to 60 feet tall and wide. The green leaves appear in late spring, then turn yellow and drop in early fall. Mature trees are frost-hardy, but young trees may suffer frost damage.
Attributes - Gleditsia triacanthos inermis
Plant Type: Tree
Height: 40 ft. to 60 ft.
Width: 60 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Notes: Thrives in Alkaline Soil, Dry Climates. Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Caterpillars.