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B Grade Thornless Honey Locust (Gleditsia tricanthos var. inermis)

B Grade Thornless Honey Locust (Gleditsia tricanthos var. inermis)

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1-2 Year Old Bareroot Seedling 

‘Grade B’ plants are smaller seedlings that finished the season a bit undersized to be considered ready for field planting for many folks. They are healthy and alive, but a bit small (usually less than 8") and able to get lost in the weeds quickly. They can be field planted to their final homes if you are on top of  watering, mulching, and weeding. We recommend  planting them in a home nursery bed to grow for one full season, develop much larger root systems and be very ready for tougher conditions and less care next year. This is an affordable and sensible way to start small so you can go big with your plantings.

Honey locust is a bright happy tree with many uses. It is fast growing, fixes nitrogen and produces copious biomass through leaf shed and woody debris. This tree yields pods that were a favorite food of woolly mammoths and mastadons back in the day and would manage to feed wildlife or livestock pretty well in the modern age. These trees tolerate urban conditions and pollution with ease thus making them a lovely street tree. Honey locust casts a light shade and works well as pioneer species to make way for more long lived plants. One of its greatest beneifts is the ability for it to fix nitrogen into the soil and live in very marginal sites. 

We purchased seedstock of a thornless variety that reportedly grows true to type. Honey locusts thorns can be vicious so the inermis variety could be a real benefit to those hoping to avoid stabbing themselves, popping tires or prying thorns out of kids and animals. Thornless seedlings can develop thorns randomly so heads up!

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The Tree

Height at maturity:Up to 30 meters

Hardiness Zone:

3

Water Requirements:

Drought tolerant, average to low water needs

Years to bear:

Solar:

Partial Sun to Full Sun

Pollination:

Self Fertile

Soil:

Tolerates a range of soil conditions including the most challenging types

The Benefits

-Nitrogen Fixer
-Pods feed wildlife and livestock
-Prolific biomass producer

Additional info

-Great for coppicing and pollarding
-Beware, we have heard reports that injured and cut thornless varieties are able to begin growing thorns on their damaged sites