Gleditsia aquatica

Water Locust

  • Gleditsia aquatica

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Growing Info

Scarification: Pour boiling water over seed , Soak in hot tap water, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 3/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: if boiling water treatment does not allow seed to imbibe, sulfuric acid treatment is required 

Looking for a tree that can thrive in wet areas? Consider the Gleditsia aquatica, also known as water locust. With its extensive root system, this tree is ideal for stabilizing wet banks and marshes. It can grow up to 60 feet tall and produces small greenish flowers in 4" racemes. Its leaves are pinnate or bipinnate and it prefers partial sun. The wood of this tree is extremely durable and is primarily used for making fence posts. Additionally, the Gleditsia aquatica is a native species to the Southeastern United States and adjacent regions and can tolerate atmospheric pollution. If you are looking for a tough, durable tree that can thrive in wet areas, the water locust may be the perfect choice.

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