Apr. 10, 2017

honey locust, Gleditsia triacanthos

Honey locust is an interesting tree with kind of boring flowers. I went looking for these blooms because I had been noticing these trees for years but never the flowers. The flowers hang in these small yellow green clusters from leaf axils or just springing from random places on the trunk or branches. Individual flowers are about 1/ inch across. The resulting fruit is a flat bean about six inches long, with a sweet edible pulp. Also springing from the trunk and branches are world champion thorns. The thorns branch and get as long as your hand. They're not poisonous despite the rumors. But they sure could be painful. And keep those requests coming, or you may get stuck with something like this. Did I mention that Stephan Pastis is my hero? Now this is actually another sister story ( query Stephan Pastis censored ). For some reason I couldn't get the link to work. Now that's a scary censor! Honey locust grows in every state except AL, HI, OR, and WA, and in ON. Lenawee Co MI, 5/30/13