Thornless Honeylocust

Tree Description:

0-030    A thornless honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis) that probably is a spontaneous native tree which sprouted here on its own. It bears some seeds, which most planted cultivars do not, and displays a very erect and unbranched trunk with deeply plated bark uncharacteristic of most cultivars. Honeylocusts vary in thorniness: while the thorny ones are better prepared to resist browsing animals, the thornless ones like this specimen can devote all of their energy to growth, out-competing their neighbors in the absence of such browsing. Both types often can be seen growing together.

Location:

39.824724 N, 89.654869 W

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