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Sunburst Honeylocust

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The honey gold color of the Sunburst Honey Locust is one of its best assets. Hardy, salt tolerant, and a fast growerÖ this is a good choice for shade when planted by the road.

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Sunburst Honeylocust

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Honey locusts were a staple landscape tree when I was growing up. Their spreading scaffolds and feathery foliage made great open shade and had an almost tropical look.

But those thorns and seed pods! They were truly trees to admire from a distance.

Today we have several of the improved Sunburst honey locust planted as lawn trees in our yard. They have so much going for them!

The fine, feathery foliage is still there, but now it shows a golden yellow all year long. In spring, the tree produces thick clusters of bright yellow flowers. And in fall there is almost no litter because the leaves are so small!

The Sunburst grows about two feet a year. Itís perfect for getting quick shade to open areas of the lawn. And itís very tolerant of salt, making it a perfect street tree.

Best of all this beauty is thornless and podless. Itís a lot friendlier to folks strolling near by and to the gardener who cleans up the yard!



Growing Zones: 3-9

Mature Height: 35-40 ft.
Mature Width: 40-45 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Plant Anywhere
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Botanical Name: Gleditsia triacanthos
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Sunburst Honeylocust


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Sunburst Honeylocust.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Sunburst Honeylocust gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Sunburst Honeylocust again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Sunburst Honeylocust can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.