Sunburst® Honeylocust Tree
Sunburst® Honeylocust Leaf
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Sunburst® Honeylocust Tree
Sunburst® Honeylocust Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Sunburst® Honeylocust

Gleditsia tri inermis 'Suncole'

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Sunburst® Honeylocust cheerfully shouts, “Hello, Spring!” with its glorious glowing yellow foliage. As summer heats up, it settles down to a pretty peapod-green color, only to trade green leaves for gold again in fall. This special version of our native Honeylocust tree casts a dappled shade that’s just right for reading a book or sharing an outdoor meal with family or friends. Sunburst is a waterwise, low-maintenance tree that won’t hog your time or resources. Even fall cleanup is a piece of cake! The tiny leaflets mostly blow away, and the leaf stems that remain can be gathered up or left in place to decompose naturally.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Standing 150 feet from Abraham Lincoln while he delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery ,stands a lone Honey Locust tree referred to as the “witness tree”. Quietly listening after witnessing one of the worst battles in US history right beneath its feet where thousands of American soldiers lost their lives. This 160 year old veteran has lived longer than its 100 year expectancy and still stands alongside the Gettysburg National Cemetery today. Over the years saplings and seeds from this historic tree have been sold for fundraisers spreading some 1,600 descendants of the “witness tree” throughout the eastern United States.

The Details

Just like a burst of sunshine! This Honeylocust glows with golden new growth in spring. As the season progresses the golden glow turns to a bright green. Sunburst Honeylocusts are the most popular golden-leafed shade trees. Why? Because they're thornless AND seedless, drought tolerant, an excellent choice for a street tree as well as a specimen in your yard, and because the textured foliage offers you filtered shade while supplying your lawn with some sunshine! They sound like some pretty darn good reasons to me!

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 35'
Avg Mature Width 30'
Spacing 25-30'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Yellow/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

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

8-9' tall, grown and shipped in a container. One strong person can move this size tree although two would make it easier. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring this new addition home to your landscape.

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Sunburst® Honeylocust Tree
Sunburst® Honeylocust Leaf
Sunburst® Honeylocust Additional Product Shot 783