Locust Tree Thorns

Locust Tree Thorns

Although the thorns of a locust tree can be a special landscape in your backyard, these thorns can be dangerous for your young family members or pets they accidently touch them. It is not only because it will result in bleeding cuts, some locust tree species such as black locust trees also contain toxin if some parts of the tree are accidently taken. There are a variety of locust trees in the world. Some of them are not poisonous while other species are. For instance, the honey locust is a non-toxic tree and the black locust tree is. Their appearance is very similar, and it is not easy to distinguish them if you do not have adequate knowledge of them.

Honey locust is a tree you should pass carefully because of the thorns in all around its trunk and branches. Each thorn can grow up to 8 inches in length and they can grow from any part of the tree. Their thorns do not contain any toxin, and neither of the other parts of the tree. The seed pod of the honey locust id edible when they ripen in autumn. Although it is not toxic, the fallen branches which contain thorns may be harmful to you if you are walking in the garden. You should pay more attention on these branches and twigs.

Black locust trees can grow more than 10 meters in height and nearly every part of this tree is toxic except its yellow flower. This tree species is very dangerous for livestock because it is easily to be ingested by cattle or horses. You should avoid leaving your horses near a locust tree in case they graze some part of the tree. If you find some poisonous symptoms on your livestock such as vomiting, you should take actions as early as possible.

Apart from live stock, young children or home pets can also be infected by the toxin of the locust trees. Some people will have allergies severely while others may not. If you do have some locust trees in your garden and it is not easy to get rid of them, some fences or barriers will be a good idea to protect your children and animals.

Image provided By Greg Hume (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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