Gleditsia triacanthos

honey locust

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 50 to 70 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Thorns


Recommended Uses: Specimen tree. To avoid insect issues, best not to plant in large numbers.
Considerations: Very sharp thorns. Tree is short-lived in the southern parts of its range (includes Florida).
Propagation: Root cuttings. Also coppices readily. Seeds require cold treatment and scarification.
Availability: Big box stores, Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: neutral to somewhat calcareous


wildlife plant  
Fruits eaten by cattle and browsing wildlife.
Native Habitats: Upper portions of riverine floodplains, fertile uplands, stream banks. Planted in upland areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Wood is hard and rot resistant. Used for fence posts.

Other Comments:

Very thorny. In the northern parts of its range, a thornless cultivar is planted.