Honeylocust (Thornless)

Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis

The Honeylocust is a favorite of ArborAdvisor and many other people in the United States - it is essentially the perfect shade tree. With its beautiful rounded shape, it makes a great lawn or street tree. In the spring it has yellow and white small flower strings which provide a nice fragrant scent. It has thin fern-like leaves that provide nice filtered shade all summer and then turn a lovely golden yellow in the fall. This tree does so well in lawns partly because it provides a filtered shade that allows the grass and other partial sun plants below it to still grow. Also, when its tiny leaflets fall they are so small that they typically don't need to be raked! The leaves typically aren't big enough to hurt the grass below them. Another great thing about the Honeylocust is that it drops its leaves earlier in the fall which keeps it from being damaged by early hard freezes and heavy snow. The thornless Honeylocust is native to the United States and the mainstream varieties sold have 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, occasional watering (especially in the first couple of years after planting), and room to grow - otherwise, it this is as low maintenance of a tree as you can plant. This is a fast-growing tree so you won't have to wait decades to see a beautiful large tree on your property. Its roots stay well below the surface as well, so no worry about pushing up the sidewalk or creating trip hazards in the yard. ArborAdvisor highly recommends the thornless tree varieties as well as those which have smaller or less seed pods - such as the Shademaster or Imperial®. The size of the tree depends on the variety, but at maturity you should expect the Honeylocust to be 50-75 feet tall and 25-40 feet wide.

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About Tree Names

Hardiness Zones
Zones 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Mature Height
More than 50'
Mature Width
More than 30'
Growth Rate
Light Needs
Full Sun
Fall Color
Flowering Season
No Flowers
No Fruit