Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos
Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Cassia)
Honey Locust bears little resemblance to Black Locust in the
winter when the compound leaves they have in common have fallen.
Natural-growing Honey Locust is extremely thorny, with long
dagger-like thorns growing thorns of their own. However, there
are thornless varieties that are commonly planted in cities. The
same goes for the distinctive pods. The bark is usually unique,
being somewhat slatey-gray and peeling to one side.
Lateral bud of Honey Locust. The buds are barely visible
Another view of the lateral bud
They don't usually have this many seed pods. Notice the zig-zag pattern of the twigs...
The pods are quite large (this picture is out of focus)
Thorns on the main trunk sprouting other thorns
The bark splits to one side as it ages
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