Gleditsia triacanthos, also known as honey locust and sweet bean tree is a thorny tree with small compound leaves that provide abundant shade. The tree's trunk sometimes has large spines that are a defense mechanism developed during the Ice Age. It produces pods that contain a sweet honey-like pulp enjoyed by animals. These pods are shown in the bottom picture in their ripened state. Wildflower
You can help scientists understand how climate change is impacting this species by using the phenophase guide below to observe its lifecycle in Nature's Notebook.