Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’
The Shademaster Honeylocust is a favorite of ArborAdvisor. This tree has a beautiful rounded shape and is almost the perfect lawn tree or street tree for Colorado. In the spring it has yellow and white small flower strings which provide a nice fragrant scent. It has thin fern-like leaves which provide nice filtered shade all summer and then turn a lovely golden yellow in the fall. Part of the reason it does so well in lawns especially is because it provides a filtered shade that allows the grass and other partial sun plants below it to still grow. Also, when these leaves fall in Autumn they are so small that they don’t need to be raked! They aren’t big enough to hurt the grass below them. This tree is native the the United States and has been bred to be extra hardy. It holds up well in urban environments where there is air pollution, salt, soot, and varying soil types. All this tree needs is a full sun location and occasional watering, especially in the first couple years after planting, but otherwise it is an extremely low maintenance tree. This is a fast growing tree so you wont have to wait decades to see a beautiful large tree in your yard. Unlike other honeylocust varieties which have thorns and large seedpods this variety has neither. The Shademaster is both thornless and seedless. No mess! No raking!
This tree will grow to be 50-60 feet and 25-35 feet wide at maturity.