The Honey-Locust is a deciduous tree found in the moist soil of river valleys in central North America. In its natural habitat, it is armed with three-pronged thorns.
The tree bears fruit in leathery, flat, curved and twisted pods which are up to 40 cm in length.
The fruit looks like it is covered in chocolate.
Long ago, someone got the idea that these trees would be perfect for planting in urban areas. They provide light shade, are attractive all through the year and thrive in urban conditions.
But first of all, tree experts set about getting rid of those nasty thorns and messy seed pods. They were successful and eventually bred a tree which is called “Thornless Honey-Locust”.
If you spend much time in downtown Toronto, you’ve walked by 100’s of Thornless Honey- Locust trees.
In the vast majority, there is never any sign of those long brown seed pods.
But every now and then, the past returns and a tree will bear fruit and create quite a mess below as if to say “here’s the real me!”