Honey-Locust

Photo of the Tree

Although rare in Canada, the honey-locust covers an extensive range, from central to eastern United States.

It reaches heights of 99 feet (30 metres) and lives about 120 years. The tree is used in landscaping, in addition to being planted as avenue trees in cities.

With its compound leaves, it casts a light shadow and is hence a superior lawn tree.

Its long twisted fruit pod can be up to 20 inches (50 centimetres) long. An alcoholic liquid is obtained by fermenting the seed coat. The fruit is also a source of food for birds and mammals.

Another characteristic feature of the honey-locust is the thorns on its branches. These thorns are dangerous when the tree is young. In the past, these hard thorns were used as nails.

The honey-locust is very hardy in that it adapts well to many types of soils. It thrives best, however, on moist soils.

Its reddish-brown wood is hard, strong and heavy. It resists humidity and decay, but is not very pliable. It is used in carpentry and for railway ties.


Leaf

Photo - Leaf

Leaves, alternate, consisting of 14 to 30 pinnately arranged leaflets.

Fruit

Photo - fruit

Fruits, flat, twisted pods containing bean-like seeds.