Shademaster® Honeylocust Tree
Shademaster® Honeylocust Leaf
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Shademaster® Honeylocust Tree
Shademaster® Honeylocust Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Shademaster® Honeylocust

Gleditsia tri inermis 'Shademaster'

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Shademaster® Honeylocust is a fast-growing, bulletproof shade tree for any sunny spot in your yard that could use some relief from the hot summer sun. Because it has tiny leaves (leaflets), it doesn’t cast a dark, gloomy shade like some large-leaved trees, but a nice dappled shade that’s perfect for reading a book or having a meal al fresco. The small leaflets also make fall cleanup a breeze, as many of them simply blow away, while the rest decompose quickly into mulch, leaving you with only the leaf stems to gather up—or not. This native tree has no thorns and produces hardly any pods like wild Honeylocusts do.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

The Princeton Nursery was founded in Kingston New Jersey by William Flemer Sr. in 1913. After years of searching for a new site to grow his business, Flemer chose Kingston for its nutrient rich soil and location which was halfway between New York and Philadelphia. Flemer continued to buy land and property to provide housing for his many employees. At its peak the nursery grew to 1200 acres and was the largest commercial nursery in the United States. Through the Great Depression the nursery survived by growing farm crops and using German prisoners of war for labor. William Flemer III, specialized in breeding and introduced many new varieties of shade and ornamental trees. The nursery was granted dozens of patents including Shademaster Honeylocust. The nursery closed in 2010 but more than 240 acres of the nursery have been preserved along with 25 historic structures. Here you can still find many of the beautiful trees introduced and planted by the Flemer family.

The Details

Change your idea of Honeylocusts forever! Not your typical Honeylocust - Shademaster is thornless AND seedless, making it a top-notch choice for a street tree. This easy to care for "guru of shade" supplies ample shade for you and yet allows enough sunlight to pass through for grass to grow beneath. This fast-growing, drought tolerant tree is decorated with fine-textured dark green foliage, which changes to yellow in fall.

How to Grow

Honeylocusts are the street trees of choice! You’ll see them along city streets, even in planting beds scattered throughout the parking lot at malls and grocery stores. One reason they make great street trees is because they can tolerate salt, so they can stand up to the salt truck spreading salt all over the road in wintertime. They are fast growers that prefer full sun and will tolerate a range of soil conditions, however, they don’t do well in consistently wet soils. Honeylocusts occasionally sprout suckers, when suckers appear be sure to prune them off. Not only are they unsightly, they also steal valuable energy from the rest of the tree. It is also beneficial to fertilize your Honeylocust for the first few years that it graces your landscape. About once a year, in the fall, give your tree a dose of medium rate fertilizer; this gives your tree the essential nutrients it needs to provide healthy new growth for the following spring season. Honeylocusts are susceptible to some pests: leafhopper and fall webworm, for example. Consult with your local Garden Center professional to find out how to treat these pests if you have a severe problem. If you only have a small pest problem, chances are if you leave it alone, your tree will grow back fine the next growing season.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 45'
Avg Mature Width 35'
Spacing 30-40'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: C

Size C

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Size C Trees:

10' Tall or more, shipped balled and burlapped. This tree has a stem caliper over 2". Wide branching, strong structure, pruned from a young age to develop great featured branching and form. This is a very big tree and should be professionally installed.

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Shademaster® Honeylocust Tree
Shademaster® Honeylocust Leaf
Shademaster® Honeylocust Additional Product Shot 445
Shademaster® Honeylocust Additional Product Shot 1443