How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Honey locust—Gleditsia triacanthos
Family Fabaceae (Pea family)

Plant identification

Honey locust trees are deciduous and grow 25 to 30 feet tall. Some have heavy pod production. There are several cultivars selected for unique growth habit or foliage color. Honey locusts leaf out late, go dormant early, and drop their leaves early in the fall.

Optimum conditions for growth

Honey locusts are fast growing, hardy, and adaptable trees. They can grow in most climatic zones. They are tolerant of lawn watering as well as drought conditions. They are also tolerant of acid to alkaline soils and harsh conditions. They do best in full sun.

Honey locust
Honey locust, 'Sunburst' variety

Pests and disorders of Gleditsia triacanthos



Environmental disorders



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