Legume Family

Honey Locust

Gleditsia triacanthos

This tree can grow to be sixty to one-hundred feet tall. The bark of young trees is smooth but that of older trees is scaly. Some trees have long thorns.


Narrow leaves may be twice compounded. Sweet smelling flowers attract honey bees in spring. The reddish-brown seed pods can grow to be a foot long. They contain a sweet, sticky pulp and bean-like seeds. They are eaten by wildlife. Pods were sometimes used as cattle feed.

Resources compiled by Dr. Loretta Kuse