Legume Family: Leguminosae
Latin Name: Gleditsia triacanthos
Wildlife – good
Livestock – good
A medium sized tree with an irregular, spreading crown. Trunk and branches are extremely thorny. The thorns are very rigid, sharp, and can be solitary or branched into three. Flowers May to June with the seedpods ripening September to October. This plant can grow in a variety of soils but prefers rich moist soil. The seedpods are eaten by cattle, whitetail deer and other wildlife species.