Locust Trees

(9/24/05)-Host Steve Owens talks about the honey locust and black locust trees.

Union: Steps Taken to Save Locust Tree - The Missourian

A crew with Craig’s Tree Service recently worked to trim limbs from a locust tree at the Union Fairgrounds. A cabling system to add support also was installed to try and help save the tree, which was in poor condition and flagged for possible removal. Craig’s Tree Service recommended saving the tree, but also planted two other trees in case it is unsuccessful and to provide additional...


  1. A mature black locust tree produces numerous branches, and has a dark and deeply furrowed bark. One of the characteristic features of this tree is the short, prickly thorns that are located at the base of the leaves. The thorns of black locust trees are short, when compared to that of honey locusts.
  2. Locust tree can mean: Any of a number of tree species in the genera Gleditsia or Robinia, including: Honey locust, (Gleditsia triacanthos), a leguminous tree with pods having a sweet, edible pulp Black locust, (Robinia pseudoacacia), a leguminous tree with toxic pods Water locust, (Gleditsia aquatica), a leguminous tree with one seed per pod.
  3. Soil: The honey locust tree is a hardy tree and can grow well in different types of soil. Loam, wet, well-drained, sandy, acidic, and even moist rich soil works well for the honey locust tree. In fact, it is one of the few trees that can survive the alkaline soil in Chicago.
  4. The honey locust tree is a very hardy tree and can grow well in different types of soil. Loam is ideal, but sand or clay will also be sufficient for the tree to thrive. This tree is tolerant of salty soils.
  5. Locust Tree Facts. You will find below the locust photos wonderful information on locust trees, Locust Tree types, including facts about the locust tree species, planting information, and more. This is valuable and useful information that can help you to learn more about the locust tree.
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I think it is a honey locust tree. McFarland Park near Ames.
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