Honey Locust Tree

Honey Locust Tree

The Honey Locust Tree is probably best known for its ability to withstand the harshest elements of nature and mankind. It has proven to be tolerant of drought conditions, urban pollution and air quality, and the salt of wintertime road treatments. Their canopy and leaves cast a light shade, allowing grasses and other growth under the canopy, making it a popular landscape tree.

The Honey Locust grows approximately 2 feet a year for the first 10 years, making it one of the faster growing trees. Its pleasant spring fragrance gives the honey locust its name. And while this tree is the variation of the honey locust that is thorn-less, the native honey locust tree has a trunk and branches lined with long pin-like thorns. In fact, during the Civil War, the tree became known as the “Confederate Pin Tree” because the southern soldiers used the thorns to pin their uniforms together.

The honey locust turns a pleasant yellow color in the fall and is one of the earlier trees to defoliate or lose their leaves.

Below is a summary of tree facts for the Honey Locust:

Scientific Name: Gleditsia triacanthos inermis
Region: North America
Height: 30-35 feet
Spread: 30-35 feet
Leaf Length & Color: 1-2 inches, green
Fall Leaf Color: Copper; Yellow
Unique Characteristics: Fast grower; Fragrant spring flowers
Tolerant of urban environments


If you’re camping in North America, there’s a good chance that your journey will take you by the sweet-smelling honey locust.