Users' questions

Does the honey locust tree require a lot of maintenance?

Does the honey locust tree require a lot of maintenance?

Mature honey locust trees need little pruning except to remove dead or diseased branches, but until they are mature, you should prune them every five years or so to shape them as desired. This typically means keeping the canopy relatively open and airy.

Are honey locust trees valuable?

There is no established wholesale price reporting for honey locust. Given the lumber is similar to oak, it could be sold on a comparable price schedule or as a higher priced “specialty item.” Few uses are listed for honey locust. As somewhat durable, the species has been used for posts and rails.

How hardy is a honey locust tree?

Honey locusts are hardy, strong and commonly able to tolerate wind storms, ice, soil compacting foot traffic, and pollution. They also grow fast – about 20 feet high in their first decade – and eventually up to 70 feet.

Is honey locust a good street tree?

The thornless common honeylocust can function as specimen plants or as street trees and is suitable for high traffic areas in the landscape.

What is a honey locust tree good for?

Honey locust wood is very dense, shock resistant, and commonly used in the timber industry. The durable wood is often used for fence posts, railroad ties, pallets, tool handles, and fuel, given that it can be easily split and is rot-resistant.

Are honey locust tree roots invasive?

Like many other trees with invasive roots, honey locust suckers grow freely from roots, sending up potential new trees that must be dealt with. Those roots can also pose problems with underground pipes. See our 10 tips for landscaping around trees.

How can you tell a honey locust?

One can also tell the two trees apart by just looking at the bark. The black locust’s bark is dark in colour with grooves that resemble an intertwining rope. The honey locust’s bark is brown or grey in colour and the tree has  bunches of thorns. Both the black and honey locust have smooth, thin, shiny seedpods.

Do honey locust trees have invasive roots?

Do locust trees have deep roots?

Honey locusts have strong, deep taproots that extend as far as 20 feet down as opposed to most trees, which only extend 3 to 7 feet beneath the surface However, unlike the classic tap root system, honey locust trees also have profusely branching roots, as is characteristic of heart root systems.

Is a honey locust tree poisonous?

Honey Locust has few significant pests. Honey locust can produce numerous thorns that are capable of puncturing implement tires. Though not listed as a toxic plant, contact with thorns often results in sore wounds that are slow to heal.

What is the lifespan of a honey locust tree?

125 years
The fruit is a legume 8 to 16 inches (15-40 cm) long and 1 to 1.4 inches (2.5-3.5 cm) wide [8,11,22]. Honeylocust is usually described as rapid-growing [8,39]. Average longevity for honeylocust is 125 years [8].

How big are the leaves on a honey locust?

The leaves are alternate, and both compound and double compound leaves on the same plant. The leaflets are 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches long, with small widely spaced teeth. Buds are mostly embedded in the branch with only the tips protruding.

What kind of fertilizer to use on sunburst honey locust tree?

For newly planted trees, apply an evenly balanced 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 granular, fertilizer stake, or liquid fertilizer. An organic fertilizer such as manure is another good option. Propagating Sunburst Honey Locust Trees

How often should you water a honey locust tree?

Honey locusts have a moderate tolerance for flooding, drought, and other adverse conditions. They thrive in both moist or dry soils. Trees should be watered as soon as they are planted and weekly for the first year. A one-hour trickle that slowly saturates the root provides proper water for a new tree.

When does the Sunburst honey locust tree bloom?

Sunburst® Honey Locust Tree Plant Profile Botanical Names Gleditsia triacanthos var . inermis ‘Sun Bloom Time Late spring to early summer (inconspicuo Bloom Color Greenish-yellow Hardiness Zones 4 to 9 (USDA) Native Area North America