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... had given up on finding the honey locust.

Have you even seen a mature honey locust tree up close? If not, here is a post from my journal that a former member of the forum, Mr. Greybeard posted here (second picture). He had honey locust on his property, which he cut down, and I have them here, which I cut down. I do not want a tree with thorns on it like that, regardless of the blooms they may produce. If you like them, then great! I just want you to know what you're getting before you get them, especially if the sapling you get doesn't have its thorns and you then get a nasty surprise.
 

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I found a new website I'm drooling over, they sell cuttings, scion wood, and some started plants. Bonus is they are in CA! And they have some trees I wanted but couldn't find a place to get them as they can't be brought in from out of state. I will probably place an order this weekend. The hard part is going to be choosing which plants to get now, and which ones to wait on.

They have loquats, figs, honey locust, paw paw, carob, mulberry, oaks, and so many other fruit trees. I've been looking for the mulberries and loquats, and had given up on finding the honey locust. The company is Fruit Wood Nursery.
We have a black locust tree. has the pretties blooms, pink, HUGE! The bees love them. We had a late freeze this year and killed the blooms, i was so bummed. They are thorny, and the little suckers that grow at the bottom become huge thorny mess if you dont keep them trimmed back.
 

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I don't like thorny trees either. But they have been breeding ornamental thornless varieties of many landscape trees for years. I have gardened under the thornless honey locusts and their leaves are small and just decompose where they are. Have never seen suckers or seedlings either.
We used to have black locusts and they were unpleasant to prune. But locust wood is excellent for fence posts and makes a nice firewood.
 

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Have you even seen a mature honey locust tree up close? If not, here is a post from my journal that a former member of the forum, Mr. Greybeard posted here (second picture). He had honey locust on his property, which he cut down, and I have them here, which I cut down. I do not want a tree with thorns on it like that, regardless of the blooms they may produce. If you like them, then great! I just want you to know what you're getting before you get them, especially if the sapling you get doesn't have its thorns and you then get a nasty surprise.
There are thornless honey locusts.
The nursery lists several types of honey locust, including a thornless one. I was planning to get the thornless for growing firewood and tool handles.
 
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