Sunburst thornless honey locust

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Sunburst’


The Sunburst honey locust is native to the midwestern United States where it grows in moist and winter-cold locations. It is a fast growing tree with an arching branch habit, reaching 35-50 ft. tall, 30-35 ft. wide. The new growth of this cultivar is bright yellow and very attractive. Flowers are inconspicuous; clusters of 12-18 in. long flattened brown bean-like seed pods ripen by end of summer.

Sunburst honey locust has proven to be a tough and highly adaptable tree that is grown for shade in parks and gardens across the Inland Empire. It is best adapted to loam soils, and with regular summer moisture it has proven to endure sun, heat and aridity. Mature trees will endure short periods of summer drought. It is widely appreciated for it’s graceful branching habit and moderate shade during the summer.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Upright, Arching
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Insignificant, Green
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Moist soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Specimen, Shade Tree, Parks and open space, Foliage accent plant, Civic spaces, Background plant
Height: 25 ft. – 30 ft.
Width: 25 ft. – 30 ft.

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