David Payne home owner

Asked October 1, 2016, 5:19 PM EDT

We have a large honey locus tree. last year it produced more than normal large number of pods. This year it seems like, to my liking, it will produce a small amount. Looks like this may happen every 5-6 years or so. What causes this? Pods are a mess and so many of them. thanksI

Jefferson County Kentucky trees and shrubs honey locust

1 Response

David,

Honey Locust, like so many trees that flower in the spring and fruit in the summer, are very succeptable to frost. If there is a late frost during the flowering period (May-June) some of the flowers (which will later produce the pods or fruit once pollinated) may be damaged by the frost thus resulting in smaller fruit production later in the year. If the flowers are not damaged by frost, then the result will be a "bumper crop" of fruit. For more information about the Honey Locust, check on this link from NRCS (National Resource Conservation Service).