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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 grower… 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. It’s perfect for getting quick shade to open areas of the lawn. And it’s very tolerant of salt, making it a perfect street tree.

Best of all this beauty is thornless and podless. It’s 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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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

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We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

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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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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