Also known as thorny locust, and thorny honeylocust. Perennial in USDA zones 4-8.
|Habit/Size||up to 65 feet tall|
|Germination||scarify (hot water, acid) before sowing 1/2 in. deep in spring.|
|Requirements||Tolerates most soil types and pH levels. Prefers moist soil and full sun, but can grow in partial shade. Medium water needs. Can tolerate pollution, and saline soils.|
|Zones||USDA zones 4-8|
|Life Cycle||deciduous tree|
|Harvest||Young seeds and seedpods are very sweet and can be eaten raw, cooked, or used to make a sweetener. Roasted seeds can be used as a coffee substitute. A refreshing drink can be made from the pods and pulp.|
|Uses||edible (seeds, seedpods)*, medicinal (anaesthetic, antiseptic, cancer reasearch, digestive aid)*, utility (gum, tannin, wood)|
|Notes||Gleditsia triacanthos inermis contains potentially toxic componds.|
|Breed Status||Open Pollinated|
|Saving Seeds/Propagation||Gleditsia triacanthos inermis is pollinated by insects and is hermaphrodite.|
|Seed Storage||Store seeds cold and dry (34-41 degrees F).|
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