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Why are they called locust trees?

The tree gets its name from the sweet, sticky pulp it produces. Alternatively, the tree is known as the "thorny" locust due to the spines or thorns that it bears on wood of its main trunk or the base of its branches.

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Similarly, you may ask, how did the locust tree get its name?

The actual word 'Acacia' derives from the Greek 'akis' meaning 'thorn'. 'Locust Tree' is a name given to Robinia pseudoacacia (and its close relative Gleditsia triacanthos) by some of the 17th century religious immigrants to America.

Beside above, where are locust trees found? The honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos), also known as the thorny locust or thorny honeylocust, is a deciduous tree in the family Fabaceae, native to central North America where it is mostly found in the moist soil of river valleys.

In this manner, is locust a tree?

Locust trees are simply described as deciduous trees that produce long, compound leaves, each of which has the ability to sprout a total of 21 leaflets. There are many of its species that are often armed with thorns which are typically almost three inches in length.

How long do Robinia trees live?

Planted over 250 years ago and now supported by metal bands, this tree is expected to live for at least another 50 years.

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