Inermis is one of the sub species that was used in the breeding for pod production for livestock use. Our seeds were collected from wild trees primarily selections that show zero thorns. This is the species commonly cultivated as a street tree. (Usually podless types are grown which are then grafted to ornamental selections.)
Honeylocust can be grown as a companion tree with walnuts,oaks, persimmons and pawpaws. It casts little shade so the suppression of grass or flowering trees like our plums, produces almost no effect on fruit quantity. Honeylocust does fix nitrogen and will produce nodules under the right circumstances.
These are vigorous trees reaching 2-3 ft. in one year from seed. It is not uncommon to find some trees growing up to 8 ft. in two years. Our seed source so far has not produced thorns. These plants are now in their third year and by now you would normally see the thorns. This means the seed source was uniform with little thorny plants in the mix.
|Genus & Species||Gleditsia triacanthos inermis|
|Pollination Requirements||Cross pollinates with other individuals with both male and female flowers on the same tree with sometimes perfect flowers.|
|Soil||Not picky, hence its use in some very inhospitable urban environments. Tolerates moisture and wetland conditions as well as soils proned to drought.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Easy to grow and fruit. Amazing that so many plants will shade it out yet it will eventually find its way to the forest canopy growing perfectly straight. This plants wood, flowers and pod production yield many possibilities for agriculture. It is likely we will tap into this someday soon. The turned bowl I have in my office of this species is magnificent.|