Honey Locust

Friends planted a young honey locust in the park near the north entrance in fall of 2014.  The photo taken was at sunrise one August morning.

The honey locust is a deciduous tree native to central North America where it is mostly found in the moist soil of river valleys ranging from southeastern South Dakota to New Orleans and central Texas, and as far east as eastern Massachusetts.

It is tolerant of flooding and also is drought-resistant and somewhat tolerant of salinity.  This last characteristic makes it suitable for the park’s proximity to the salty breezes off Long Island Sound.

Fruit of the honey locust is a flat legume (pod) that matures in early autumn.

The name of the tree itself derives from the sweet taste of its legume pulp, which was used for food by Native American people, and can also be fermented to make beer.