Treevia – Honey Locust: unhuggable yet irresistable


The Honey locust tree, has a sweet sounding name. It’s probably called that because of its quaint perfumed flower clusters which attract clouds of bees. However, the trees are armed with wicked three-branched thorns on the stems and trunk so look before you hug! Fortunately, bees don’t mind this prickly armour.

This is a unique and highly decorative looking tree for sure! It has doubly compound leaves that make it look elegant and fern like. As a result its crown casts a light shade which makes it a popular lawn tree. It also produces long, spindly unusual seed pods that remain on the tree after the leaves fall off. And of course the long thorns give it a bizarre and memorable appearance. Don’t confuse them with the Black locust tree which has smaller rose-like thorns, smaller seed pods and only singly-compound leaves; it can become invasive.

Beware of multi-pronged throns!

Honey locust grows best on rich lowlands and in full sun. You can plant it to feed many bees, or to create an impenetrable thorny hedge. And just in case you are wondering, there are cultivars of thornless honey locust trees if you really want one to get close to.

We still have honey locust tree seedlings available for spring. You can order on-line using our new order form , or just give Ewa a call at 613-394-3915 ext 252 to choose your favourite trees. For all the details please see our website:

One thought on “Treevia – Honey Locust: unhuggable yet irresistable

  1. It looks like we have this tree 3 times in our front yard. A friend gave them to me when they were about 4 feet tall 4 years ago. They are now approx. 9 or 10′ tall and only one of them has developed these pods this year. How ever I see no spines at all on them and wonder if that comes when the trees are more mature? I find the branches bend down when we have a lot of rain and wonder when the trunks will get thicker. Thanks for any help you may offer.

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