Gleditsia aquatica

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Gleditsia aquatica
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Scientific classification
G. aquatica
Binomial name
Gleditsia aquatica
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Gleditsia aquatica, commonly called water locust or swamp locust after its habitat of river swamps and slough margins, is a tree native to the Southeastern United States and adjacent regions.


Gleditsia aquatica often grows 50 to 60 feet. It is commonly found in swamps and prefers partial sun.

Like the other plants in its family (Fabaceae) it produces a flat legume (pod). However, these pods usually only hold one seed.

The leaves are usually simple-compounded, but sometimes appears Acacia.

Range and habitat[edit]

This swamp tree is found mainly in the southern regions of the United States. It is native to the Southeast, from Florida west to eastern Texas, north to Illinois. It can be found as far north as Ohio, southern New York and southwestern Connecticut. It is hardy to zones 6–9.


  1. ^ Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group.; Meave, J.A. (2019). "Gleditsia aquatica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T136789522A136789524. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T136789522A136789524.en. Retrieved 3 May 2020.

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