Honey locust  (Gleditsia triacanthos)


Although identifiable in the wild by sharp, smooth, branched thorns on its trund and branches, some commercial varieties are thornless.  Leaves are arranged alternately and are once-or-twice-pinnately compound.  The fruit is a long, flattened, corkscrew twisting, darkbrown pod (up to eight inches) containing sweet, honey-like pulp eagerly eaten by cattle, deer, and other mammals.  Highly adaptable and tolerant of draought conditions, this tree has encroached as a pasture weed in some areas.

To learn more about Honey locust, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database