Can a thornless female honey locust tree be treated in some way to prevent...

Asked December 1, 2016, 2:59 PM EST

Can a thornless female honey locust tree be treated in some way to prevent the formation of seed pods? This has created so much additional tree maintenance in terms of clean up etc.

Franklin County Ohio honey locust honey locust trees

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Thank you for your request of assistance concerning you Locust tree problem.

The only means of fruit prevention I was able to find was an application of Florel ethephon. This must be applied to the entire tree at the proper time (late May to early June) in order to be effective. It is available to the home owner but you should consider the size of the tree as it is generally impractical for the average homeowner to apply. I would suggest contacting a tree service for application! Also this must be applied each year. The product can damage metal products if they are nearby and some trees may be sensitive to this product.

An added not there are seedless varieties of Honey Locust available for your consideration.

Listed below is a link that may be of further assistance.

Feel free to contact us or your county Extension if necessary. 2105 S Hamilton Rd # 100, Columbus, OH 43232. Phone 614-866-6900.


http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/horticulture-care/preventing-or-reducing-fruit-ornamental-trees