The thornless honey locust is an excellent addition to any landscape. It can be used as a living trellis for grapes and kiwis. It can tolerate a variety of soil condition and drought which makes it an excellent tree for Colorado. Livestock, especially chickens, enjoy the protein-rich pods that the tree drops in the fall. Although there are some discrepancies with the nitrogen fixing ability, the honey locust has been shown to fix nitrogen without the typical nitrogen nodules seen in legumes.
Scientific name: Gleditsia tricanthos f. Inermis
Purchase size: 3-4 ft, 2 yrs old
Plant hardiness zone: 3-9
Max height: 70 ft
Light: Full sun
Harvest: Late fall
Pollination: Self, but yields more abundantly with another pollinator