Honey Locust

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Honey locust Latin Name: Gleditsia triancanthos Plant Hardiness Zones: USDA zones 4-9 Mature Height- 30-70 ft Mature Width- 30-50 ft Bloom Season- Late spring
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Honey locust trees are common throughout the state of Iowa, but are also found in regions that have sandy prairies. 

The honey locust tree is medium sized and has attractive green foliage.  Honey locust leaves alternate between double compound and compound patterns. The leaflets can be up to 1 1/2 inches long, with small teeth that are widely spaced on the branch. The buds of the honey locust tree are embedded on the branches and only the tops of the buds are exposed. 

The seed bearing age for the honey locust plant is about 10 years and the plant flowers during the months of May and June. Seeds are dispersed starting in September and throughout the fall and winter season. The trees bear seeds about once a year, without a flourishing crop every year or every other year. 

A number of honey locust tree varieties are ideal for urban use because of the open foliage f the tree and the plant's tolerance to various soil levels. Honey locust trees are also grown in commercial and residential spaces because they grow quickly. 

The honey locust tree is a legume and a non-nitrogen fixing plant. While the tree doesn't sustain must disease or insect infestation, it is important for the tree to be checked for cankers, borers and Mimosa webworms periodically. The thorns on the plant also serve as a way to keep pests from destroying the branches and leaves. 

Honey locust trees are ideal for minor construction as well as aesthetic benefit. The visually appealing red wood of the honey locust tree is also used for fences, furniture, fuelwood and interior woodwork due to its durability and coarse grain.
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