Color/Appearance:Heartwood is a medium to light reddish brown. Wide sapwood is a light yellow, clearly distinguished from the heartwood. Very similar in appearance toKentucky Coffeetree.
Grain/Texture:Grain is usually straight or slightly irregular, with a medium uneven texture. Moderate natural luster.
Endgrain:Ring-porous; 3-5 rows of large to very large earlywood pores, medium to small latewood pores commonly arranged in tangential bands; tyloses absent, other reddish heartwood deposits occasionally present; growth rings distinct; medium to wide rays visible without lens, wide spacing; parenchyma banded, parenchyma vasicentric, and latewood is commonly lozenge and confluent.
Rot Resistance:Rated as moderately durable to durable; susceptible to insect attacks.
Workability: Honey Locust can be difficult to work with hand and machine tools on account of its density, though it generally produces good results. Turns, glues, stains, and finishes well.
Pricing/Availability:Not widely or commonly available, limited quantities of Honey Locust are sometimes available within its natural range. Prices are likely to be in the mid to upper range for a domestic hardwood.
Sustainability:This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.