- Uses: the tree can be used for ornamental and shade purposes, on the side of streets. Additionally, the pods you can use in smoothies or drink in beer
- Hardiness Zones: 3 – 8
- Height: 30 to 70 feet
- Spread: 30 to 70 feet
- Disease resistance: The thornless honeylocust is resistant to numerous diseases, including canker, leaf spot, powdery mildew, and Dutch elm disease. It is also resistant to damage from severe wind, ice, and snow.
- Bloom Time: May to June
- Sun: full sun to partial shade
- Pollination: The thornless honey locust is self–fertile and does not need a cross pollinator to produce fruit. Usually, small bees and flies pollinate it who are rewarded by the nectar and pollen.
How to Grow Thornless Honey Locust Tree
How to Water
- Water your tree with a garden hose or a watering can.
- Water the tree deeply when you see the soil has dried out.
- Water the tree slowly and evenly all around the root zone.
- Avoid splashing the leaves with water, as this can cause fungal diseases.
- Let the soil dry out between waterings.
- Mulch around the base of the tree to help retain moisture and reduce weed growth.
- Provide supplemental water during periods of drought or dry weather.
How to prune a Thornless Honey Locust?
- Prune in late winter or early spring when the tree is still dormant.
- Cut off any dead, diseased, or damaged branches.
- Remove any crossing branches.
- Prune the central leader (main trunk) and any upright branches, leaving branches that grow outward.
- Cut back branches that are too long or have grown too close to the ground.
- Thin out the branches to allow more air and light to penetrate the center of the tree.
- Prune the sides of the tree to shape it and keep it to a desired size.
- Remove any suckers (new shoots growing from the base of the tree).
- Prune with a smile on your face and enjoy the beauty of your tree!
How can I plant and care for the tree?
- 1. Choose a sunny spot in your yard that is sheltered from the wind. Make sure the soil is well-draining.
- 2. Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball of your tree.
- 3. Remove the tree from the container and place it in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is level with the soil.
- 4. Backfill the hole with the soil you removed earlier and pat it down firmly.
- 5. Water the tree deeply and mulch the area around the trunk in a 3-4 inch layer.
- 6. Prune the branches to the desired shape and size.
- 7. Feed the tree with a fertilizer designed for the tree.
- 8. Watch your new tree thrive in its happy home.