native American tree
whose pods contain a sweet edible pulp. (That is the honey part.)
Native to the Norther Plains, it is a tough survivor, withstanding urban conditions, compacted soil, road salt, alkaline soil, heat and drought. Animals love the nutritious pods. Large thorns make it a good hedge and barrier plant around your property. Sweet-scented flowers in spring. Very desirable, hard wood.
BOTANICAL NAME: Gleditsia triacanthos inerimus
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS:This evergreen shrub is a drought-resistant and nitrogen-fixing plant. Hard seed coat prevents it from sprouting until water can penetrate. So, scratch each seed with a file or sandpaper until you can see the lighter inner hull in one spot. You may want to soak the seeds for 6-8 hrs before planting, but don't leave them in standing water any longer than 10 hrs. Put the seeds 1" deep in pots or flats of growing medium, and keep in a sunny window or under lights. Maintain at least 70 degrees until seeds sprout. 10 seeds.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 6-9/Height 25'+/Matures 5 years