Honey Locust, gleditsia triacanthos

Honey Locust, gleditsia triacanthos
Item# DA-honeylocust
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Product Description

Inventory as of Feb. 1, 2018: 00 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 98%; Where Harvested (location) - South Dakota

Honey locust is found in the eastern Central United States from Pennsylvania west to South Dakota, south to Texas, east to Alabama, then north to Maryland. Honey locust is the most prominent in the valleys of small streams in Indiana and Illinois. The leaves are alternate and pinnately compound with 15 to 30 leaflets. The leaflets are oval shaped. The leaves are 6-8 inches long and the leaflets are to 1- inches long. The flower is a whitish-green color and is present May to June. The fruit is a reddish-brown pod that is 6-8 inches long and becomes dry and twisted. The pod contains small, oval, dark brown seeds. The pod matures around September. The twig is skinny, and has a zigzag pattern. It has a reddish-brown color and small lateral buds. The bark is a grayish-brown color. It is very furrowed with long scaly ridges. The honey locust is a medium sized tree. It has a relatively short trunk and an open, airy, spreading crown. The fruits of honey locust are used in feed for cattle and hog livestock. Wildlife also eat the nutritional fruit of the plant. Honey locust is a source of honey in the spring during the flowering period. Farmers use the honey locust for erosion control and to break the wind along the fields. The wood could be used for lumber and general construction but is not very commonly used. Honey locusts commonly have thorns 1020 cm long growing out of the branches; these may be single, or branched into several points, and commonly form into dense clusters. These thorns are fairly soft and green when young, harden and turn red as they age, and then fade to ash grey and turn brittle when they stop growing. The Honey Locust can reach heights of 60 to 100 feet and is cold hardy to Zone 3.

Recommended Planting instructions:

Scarification: Pour boiling water over the seed, let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat proces on seed that did not imbide. Stratification: None. Germination: Sow seeds 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch seedbed, keep moist.

Other: If boiling water treatment doesn't allow seeds to imbide, sulfuric acid treatment is required.