Family: Leguminosae or Fabaceae (View Members of Leguminosae)

Genus and species: Gleditsia triacanthos

Leaves: The leaves are pinnately compound and are 6-12" (15-30cm) long containing 7-19 leaflets, each 1-1.75" (2.5-4.5cm) long. (View Measured Leaf) The leaflets are paired, stalkless, elliptical, and appear more pointed at the edges than the Black Locust leaflets. They are shiny green on top, paler beneath and hairless. (View Leaves)

Bark: The bark is gray-brown in color and has ridges creating long scaly plates.(View Bark) The twigs are dark brown and have groups of sharp spines.

Fruit: The fruit is a flat pod, about 6-16" (15-40cm) long. They are darker brown, more shiny and longer than the pods of a Black Locust. They can be curled once mature and each pod contains dark brown, flattened seeds. Pods containing seeds are common among members of the Leguminosae family.(View Fruit)

Tree: The tree can grow to be 80' (24m) tall, has an open, spreading, flattened crown of branches, as pictured to the left.

Range and Habitat: These trees are commonly found from Ontario, east to Pennsylvania, south to Florida, west to Texas. However, they are also commonly planted in the Northeast, as it is in my backyard. They are usually found in moist, rich soils.

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Honeylocust Tree (Easton, NY, 10/18/02)