Treevia – Honey Locust: unhuggable yet irresistable

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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 http://orders.ltc.on.ca/treeform/tree_form.php , 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: http://www.ltc.on.ca/stewardship/tssp/

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