Gleditsia sinensis Lam.

Fully-hardy medium-sized tree with branched spines, fern-like, pinnate leaves, and racemes of small, green-white flowers, followed by straight, flat but thick fruits, to 25cm long.  To 12m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

It was first cultivated in Europe in 1774.  [Don].  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.30/1824.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.520/1843].


See also Gleditschia triacanthos L.

Published Dec 21, 2009 - 04:49 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:11 PM

Illustrated are the pinnate leaves, flowers and long, sharp thorns.  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.30, 1824.

Gleditsia sinensis Lam. | Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.30/1824 | BHL

More details about Gleditsia sinensis Lam.
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin


  • Gleditsia horrida Willd.
  • Gleditsia japonica Lodd.Cat. ex W.H.Baxter
  • Mimosa fera Lour.
Common Name

Chinese honey locust, Chinese triacanthus

Name in the Camden Park Record

Gleditschia sinensis - Chinese Triacanthus 

Confidence level high