Sweet Bean Locust
The Gleditsia Triacanthos
is commonly known as Common Honey-locust
, Honey Shucks Locust
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The natural range of honey-locust extends from central Pennsylvania
through extreme southern Ontario, extreme southern Michigan, southern
Wisconsin, and extreme southeastern Minnesota to extreme southeastern
South Dakota; south through eastern Nebraska to eastern Texas; east to
Alabama; and northeast along the western slopes of the Appalachians.
Isolated populations occur in northwestern Florida. Honey-locust is
naturalized east of the Appalachians as far north as Nova Scotia [16
The currently accepted scientific name for honey-locust is Gleditsia
triacanthos L. (Cesalpiniaceae) [11
honey-locust (G. t. forma inermis Schneid.) is occasionally found wild
Natural hybridization between honey-locust and water-locust (G.
aquatica) has been reported [27
Honey-locust is usually only a minor component of natural forest stands.
It is considered an accessory species in four SAF cover types: bur oak
(Quercus macrocarpa), willow oak (Q. phellos)-water oak (Q.
nigra)-diamondleaf (laurel) oak (Q. laurifolia), sweetgum (Liquidambar
styraciflua)-willow oak, and sugarberry (Celtis laevigata)-American elm
(Ulmus americana). Honey-locust is a secondary species in all other SAF
cover types listed above [8,17].
Mesophytic species commonly associated with honey-locust include red
maple (Acer rubrum), persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), black tupelo
(Nyssa sylvatica), sweet pecan (Carya illinoensis), boxelder (Acer
negundo), Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioica), and black walnut
(Juglans nigra) .
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Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Sullivan, Janet. 1994. Gleditsia triacanthos. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online].
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service,
Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.