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Honey locusts.


I have it in my garden and I saw one beautiful specimen along the thermal bay.
It has nice leaves, reminds me acacia.

It produces high quality and durable wood.

Honey locust for me was interesting because of its thorns, which are on some branches 10 cm long, some reaching lengths over 20 cm and commonly form dense clusters. Thorns are thought to have evolved to protect the trees from Pleistocene fauna.

The tree extracts were used in traditional Native American medicine in treatment of arthritis. The tree needs long and hot summers and in that condition produces all effective substances. It was proven recently that Gleditsia has also anti-mutagenic and anticancer activity.

This is really very useful ancient and abandoned tree. It is sometimes used for reclamation of soil contaminated with mining waste.

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Interesting blog, don't like the look of those thorns though! They look like they could be very painful!

1 Jul, 2013


They are not, Louisa, people are absolutely safe. This tree is 30 m high, thorns are high as well.

2 Jul, 2013

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