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Thornless and Podless Honey Locust vs Black Locust

 
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I have ALOT of black locust on my property, more than I can deal with.  But its a great tree species as everyone here knows, nitrogen fixer and all that. I pollard them feed the  branches to my cows who love (leaves have comparable protein to alphalfa) them then use branches as fuel and I make biochar from them. I  will start to chip them to mulch my garden too.  

Ive wanted to get some thornless honey locust on my property and feed the pods to the cows. But I have nt sourced any yet. I do have some seedings growing in the house but it will be a long time before I have pods from those babies.  Anyways my neighbour has trees that have confused me for years. They look like honey locust but Ive never see pods on them. So I asked her what they were and they are honey locust but a pod-less (not pod free) variety and is willing to give me some seedlings. My question is if they dont produce pods is there any point in having them since I have lots of black locust. Should I bother?
 
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Jeff Marchand wrote:I have ALOT of black locust on my property, more than I can deal with.  But its a great tree species as everyone here knows, nitrogen fixer and all that. I pollard them feed the  branches to my cows who love (leaves have comparable protein to alphalfa) them then use branches as fuel and I make biochar from them. I  will start to chip them to mulch my garden too.  

Ive wanted to get some thornless honey locust on my property and feed the pods to the cows. But I have nt sourced any yet. I do have some seedings growing in the house but it will be a long time before I have pods from those babies.  Anyways my neighbour has trees that have confused me for years. They look like honey locust but Ive never see pods on them. So I asked her what they were and they are honey locust but a pod-less (not pod free) variety and is willing to give me some seedlings. My question is if they dont produce pods is there any point in having them since I have lots of black locust. Should I bother?



I have black, honey and purple locust and they all have thorns.  I think if you want pods it is going to be up to you.  

The Sunburst honey locust, Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis Suncole, is podless and thornless as is the Shade Master.   I have the beginnings of a food forest so I wouldn't want podless.  You can eat the pods if you need to, and it's a way to propagate down the road.   As a caveat, I am not a neat gardener.  I love the life that springs from areas that are a little wild.  If you want a super neat garden then get the podless version.  
 
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