Honey Locust

0-069   Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) is a native tree and this one sprouted here on its own. It bears some seeds, which most planted cultivars do not, and displays twin trunks with deeply plated bark. Honey locusts vary in thorniness: while the thorny ones resist browsing animals, the thornless ones can devote all of their energy to growth, out-competing their neighbors in the absence of such browsing. Both types often can be seen growing together, and this one is relatively thornless except on vigorous sucker shoots.

Location:

39.825053 N, 89.660454 W

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