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Honey locust is a very unique tree with some surprising qualities that can make it very useful for land and habitat management. Honey locust is a fairly non-descript tree that flowers in the spring and produces large bean pods in the fall that are very attractive to wildlife. Honey locust flowers are small and often go unnoticed by the eye but are very attractive to pollinators.
Seed pods develop and ripen in early fall and persist on the tree falling slowly throughout the fall and into January or early February. These seed pods are 8-14in long and contain beans inside that are sweet, some say they taste like honey. The sweet, honey-like, taste of the seeds is where honey locust gets its name. Deer and other wildlife including squirrels, turkeys, quail, raccoons, and opossums love these sweet bean pods and will stop by often to see what has fallen that day. Honey locust make a great addition around field edges and food plots. There they can get great sun and provide a specific point of attraction as deer filter into the plot or field making them a great stand site.
Honey locust not only provide great food source, they also put nitrogen into your soil. Scientists are still researching to determine whether nitrogen is produced from their roots, as in nitrogen fixing legumes like peas, or if it comes from their large volume of leaf drop. Honey locust do produce lots of leaf litter, this makes them great for building soil and incorporating more organic material into marginal soils. Consider planting them on log decks and washouts to help build soils. Honey locust are very hardy trees that will grow nearly anywhere so they wont mind the poor soils.
Another useful trait of honey locust is their ability to grow in alkaline areas with high pH and marginal soil. This makes them great for land reclamation. Areas previously used for mining are not usually suitable for many trees but honey locust can be an exception to that rule. They can help to reclaim the land and rebuild soils all while providing a good food source for wildlife.
Drop time: Sept-Jan
Growing zones: 3-9
Soil type: Marginal areas, field edges, streambanks, very adaptable and easy to grow. Tolerates moist soils and drought very well.
Sun: Prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade
Pollination: Needs at least 2 trees for pollination
Size when shipped: 1yr old approx. 10-36in
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The trees arrived in good condition and are doing good. I would definitely recommend.Goose Creek, South Carolina
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I ordered trees from Whitetail Hill they shipped my trees July 12 Priority Mail and were scheduled to arrive Thursday July 15th. When they didn't arrive on the 15th I checked the USPS tracking number that I was provided and USPS just kept telling me each day after that they were scheduled to arrive late. I emailed Whitetail Hill on July 19th and got a prompt response from Caleb H. My question to him was that if my trees did arrive what he thinks they would be alive he said there was a good chance that they wouldn't be and that he would do anything he could to help make the order right.
USPS finally delivered my trees on July 22nd. 7 days late on delivery with the box ripped in half. I open the package expecting to find my dead trees since they'd been in a box for 11 days to my surprise the trees were as green as ever. This just goes to show the quality of trees that these guys grow and send to us. I would highly recommend these guys and have already placed another order for more trees.Mount Vernon, Kentucky