Common Thornless Honeylocust

Arbor walk #28, Treekeeper ID #1610

A fairly hardy native plant, this cultivated variant is a thornless version of the wild species that is more suited to urban arboriculture. 

While the spring-time flowers of the Thornless Honeylocust are not easily seen, they are related to peas and produces 18” fruits in pods each year. The fruits contain seeds and a sticky-sweet substance that resembles honey in texture. Another notable feature of the Honeylocust is its distinct bark. Unlike most trees, this bark consists of very long, defined strips, as if they could be easily peeled off.

NameHoneylocust Common
Latin NameGleditsia triacanthos f. inermis
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