Echter's Home Page                Shop at Echter's Garden Showplace              Contact Us

Echter's Plant Finder

tree

Sunburst Honeylocust

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Suncole'

Add To My Wish List

print page
Sunburst Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos 'Suncole') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Sunburst'

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Sunburst'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  35 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

A very popular shade tree, valued for its delicate, ferny appearance which casts a dappled shade below; foliage emerges a brilliant yellow, fading to light green; broad spreading habit of growth, seedless, very tolerant of adverse growing conditions

Ornamental Features

Sunburst Honeylocust has attractive lime green foliage which emerges gold in spring. The pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sunburst Honeylocust is an open deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sunburst Honeylocust is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Sunburst Honeylocust will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Echter's Home Page