- Fast Growing Hardwood Tree
- Refreshing Dappled Light Shade
- Super-Low Maintenance
- Pollution, Drought and Salt Tolerant
- Perfect Lawn and Shade Tree
- Thornless and Podless
- Sunny Yellow New Leaves in Spring
- Long Lived Tree
- Deer Don’t Bother It
If you want an attractive hardwood shade tree that grows quickly and has a lot of style, take a good look at the native Sunburst Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Suncole’). This is a great tree that handles tough conditions without any trouble.
This is a wonderful selection for the home landscape. It’s pollution, drought and salt tolerant and will give you very little trouble. You won’t even have a big job with fall cleanup!
Sunburst is considered by many to be the perfect lawn tree. It grows into a vase shape and with a beautiful rounded canopy.
The leaves are one of its best features. Our horticulture team calls them “pinnately compound”, which means each leaf has tiny, symmetrical leaves growing nicely along a central leaflet.
The fine-textured, compound leaves cast refreshing dappled shade. Your lawn grasses can grow beneath it. Pretty perennials or small shrubs for partial shade can easily establish and grow for you directly underneath it.
And little leaves? So much easier to pick up in fall. Often, a majority of them will just be whisked up by the wind and carried away. The tiny leaves that are left can actually be left to break down into rich, organic compost over the winter. Or zip, zip, zip – a quick pass of the mower and you’re DONE with fall cleanup! No raking required.
Sunburst Honeylocust is well-known for bright sunny yellow leaves that emerge in the spring. As the new growth expands, the foliage at the tips remains very yellow until it matures. The leaves are nicely green through the summer and turn a lovely golden-yellow in the fall.
This tree is a tough cookie that excels in areas where others don’t. We’re talking compacted soil, clay soil, urban pollution, high heat, limited maintenance or care.
Sunburst is very adaptable to most soils, as long as it drains well. Sunburst Honeylocust is also a very hard wooded tree that tolerates ice storms and wind with few problems.
Simply plant it in full sun and give it the space to grow and watch this fast-growing tree thrive. We sell out of this high demand tree. If you see it online, place your order today!
How to Use Sunburst Honeylocust in the Landscape
Honeylocust trees are native to America, so they are usually very hardy. Sunburst has been bred to be extra hardy. It isn’t fazed by street or air pollution, salt, soot or a whole range of soils, including challenging soil conditions.
Recommended for wherever a large shade tree is required, Sunburst works in large parking lot islands, or buffer zone plantings. Municipalities have used Honeylocust trees as street trees because of that great adaptability to soils and tolerance where road salt is used.
They can be planted in close groups to create a shaded grove in a large landscape. This tree grows as an informal pyramidal outline when young, but opens up into an upright, spreading form at maturity.
You can also use Sunburst Honeylocust as a bright accent specimen tree. The early yellow leaf color, and the way the wind plays through the lacy leaves will draw your eye.
Tips for Care
Pruning to shape branch structure is recommended when the tree is young. It may seem odd, but Honeylocust are best pruned in June while it’s actively growing. This will prevent any disease problems.
It will tolerant almost any type of soil, but it must be well-drained.
Give a moderate amount of water on a regular basis to establish the plant. Once it’s established in your soil, it will be quite drought tolerant.
For decades, growers have worked to improve many of our hardy, native American tree species, reducing undesirable traits and boosting all those delightful plant characteristics we love so much. One of the most popular of these hybrid selections is the Sunburst Honeylocust.
And did we mention that this tree is thornless and seedless? It’s a cloned male variety, and couldn’t be any easier.