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Care of the plant Gleditsia triacanthos or Honey locust.

Care of the plant Gleditsia triacanthos or Honey locust

The genus Gleditsia, family Fabaceae, comprises 10 species of trees native to Africa, North America and the Far East. Some species are: Gleditsia triacanthos, Gleditsia sinensis, Gleditsia aquatica, Gleditsia macracantha.

Common names: Thorny locust, Honey locust. This species is native to central North America.

They are deciduous trees with a wide crown that reach 20 meters in height. They have long spines and paripinnate leaves. They produce clusters of small yellow flowers. They bloom in early summer. The fruits appear in the form of long pods.

They are used as isolated specimens, in streets and public parks and to form hedges.

Gleditsia triacanthos needs full sun exposure and warm temperatures. They resist occasional frosts.

The ideal soil must contain organic matter, be well drained and have the capacity to retain water; they can grow in dry and limestone soils. Planting is done in winter or autumn.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry; they are drought resistant trees.

Fertilize with manure in the fall.

They can be pruned in late summer to keep them compact.

They are fast growing trees and quite resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate by seeds but it's not a simple process; it's advisable to buy new specimens in nurseries and garden centers.


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Gleditsia triacanthos
Gleditsia triacanthos
Gleditsia triacanthos