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Gleditsia triacanthos

(Honey Locust)

Gleditsia triacanthos is a deciduous, fast growing tree. It has an open habit, casting only a light shade underneath its canopy. Tolerance of pollution makes it an ideal tree for urban planting.

Thornless varieties such as Sunburst and Inermis are available though they will produce few, if any, seed pods. Sunburst makes a good substitute for Robinia pseudoacacia Frisia which can be brittle.

In the past, the pulp for the seed pods has been used to brew beer and the thorns used for nails. There is a small market for Honey Locust furniture as it is a high quality wood which polishes well.

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Plant Profile

Name: Gleditsia triacanthos

Common Name: Honey Locust

Family: Caesalpiniaceae

Height: up to 20m depending on variety

Shape: Medium-large oval shaped, open tree

Demands: Sun - very light shade, well drained soils

Flowers: Inconspicuous green - white flowers

Fruit: Long, flat, slightly twisted seed pods

Bark: Grey with elongated 'plates'. Stems and trunk can have large, branched thorns. Thornless varieties are available

Autumn Colour: Golden Yellow

Gleditsia triacanthos info sheet

FACT: The name honey locust comes from the sweet pulp inside the seed pods which was eaten by Native Americans.

Gleditsia triacanthos - Honey Locust

Gleditsia triacanthos 35-40 girth Standard

Gleditsia triacanthos - 'sunburst'

'Sunburst' 16-18cm Standard


30-35cm field grown standard

Gleditsia 'Sunburst' multistem

Gleditsia 'Sunburst' multistem

Gelditsia 'Inermis'

Gelditsia 'Inermis' 4.5-5.0m multistem

G. triacanthos - Thorns

Gleditsia seed pods

Gleditsia seed pods

Variety Foliage Colour Thorns &
Seed Pods
Triacanthos Green Yes Large tree with loose, open crown
Inermis Green No Large, thornless tree with open crown
Sunburst Bright yellow in spring pale green in summer No Smaller variety with yellow foliage in spring.
Skyline Green No Upright tree ideal for street planting.



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