A handsome spreading tree with pinnate and tripinnate leaves on the same plant, deciduous, light-green in color and of graceful habit, the branches being crowded (especially on the lower limbs) with strong sharp spines. Its seeds are in long fleshy pods about two inches in width by fifteen inches in length, each pod containing a dozen seeds. The pulpy portion of the pod is sweet when fresh, hence the name "Honey Locust." It is a very desirable tree, growing in any ordinary good soil, and should make a good street tree, as, on account of its spine-covered branches, boys would fight shy of climbing its trunk.
There are several species of the genus all worthy of a place in the pleasure-ground. The Japanese and its varieties purpurea and coccinea, the Chinese, the water locust (Gleditschia aquatica) and several other kinds are all very desirable.
Propagate, by seeds, in January; as the shells of the seeds are exceedingly hard, soak them in hot water for a few hours before sowing. Plant the seeds about an inch deep in the open ground; leave them in the seed-bed for one year when they should be planted in nursery rows. Plant them in permanent quarters when they are from six to fifteen feet high.