Revenge of the Honey-Locust tree

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!”




Miles Hearn








1 thought on “Revenge of the Honey-Locust tree

  1. Lehner

    I needed to write a similar (or at least it appears comparable, based on the information given) research newspaper back in 2015 if I was a
    student. Gathering the necessary information was quite hard and challenging.
    However, you managed to show the topic very accessible and
    understandable. It was intriguing to refresh some things and find out something new.


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