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Honeylocust, Thornless (Bare Root)
Container Size: 3-4
Grown Dimensions:
Native trees growing to 20 meters tall, with an open crown, armed with thick-branched thorns to 20 cm long on the main trunk and lower branches.
Description:
General: Pea Family (Fabaceae). Native trees growing to 20 meters tall, with an open crown, armed with thick-branched thorns to 20 cm long on the main trunk and lower branches. Bark blackish to grayish-brown, with smooth, elongate, plate-like patches separated by furrows. Leaves are deciduous, alternate, pinnately or bipinnately compound, 10-20 cm long, often with 3-6 pairs of side branches; leaflets paired, oblong, 1-3 cm long, shiny and dark green above, turning a showy yellow in the fall, typically dropping early. Flowers are greenish-yellow, fragrant, small and numerous in hanging clusters 5-13 cm long, mostly either staminate (male) or pistillate (female), these usually borne on separate trees, but some perfect flowers (male plus female) on each tree (the species polygamo-dioecious). Fruits are flattened and strap-like pods 15-40 cm long and 2.5-3.5 cm wide, dark brown at maturity, pendulous and usually twisted or spiraled, with a sticky, sweet, and flavorful pulp separating the seeds; seeds beanlike, about 1 cm long. The common name "honey" is in reference to the sweet pulp of the fruits.
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