How to Eliminate Fruit from a Honey Locust Tree


A honey locust tree is a deciduous shade tree that is popular in urban areas because it is tolerant to stress and pollution. The tree grows in both thorny and thornless varieties with tiny frond-like leaves that grow on a branching leaf stem, flowers in spring and fruit that grows in long, curling seed pods. Some individuals who plant honey locusts as an ornamental tree consider these seed pods to be "nuisance fruit." Honey locust pods can be prevented with the use of chemicals that prevent the fruit from forming.

Step 1

Wait until just after the flowers have formed on a honey locust tree.

Step 2

Pull on protective clothing while handling chemicals.

Step 3

Mix the growth-regulating chemical with water according to the package directions.

Step 4

Pour the chemical into a pressurized chemical spray bottle. Close the lid and prime the bottle by working the pump until pressure is built up inside your spray bottle.

Step 5

Spray the chemical onto your honey locust tree, taking care that it does not drift onto other plants or contaminate your plant irrigation system.

Things You'll Need

  • Growth-regulating spray
  • Pressurized chemical spray bottle
  • Protective clothing
  • Protective mask
  • Protective goggles
  • Gardening gloves


  • The Morton Arboretum Website: Preventing or Reducing Fruit on Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
  • Avacado Website: Preventing or Reducing Fruit on Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
  • PDF: Effects of Growth-Regulating Sprays on Fruit Set of Avocado1

Who Can Help

  • Monterey Company PDF: Florel Brand Fruit Elminator
Keywords: Nuisance fruit, Honey Locust seeds, preventing pods

About this Author

After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.