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A Favorite (and almost perfect!) Shade Tree

The Shademaster Honeylocust is an almost perfect lawn tree. That’s a big statement, but this is a great tree! The Shademaster grows into the beautiful rounded shape that you expect in a nice lawn tree. The leaves are nicely green through the summer, and turn a lovely golden-yellow in the fall. You’re probably thinking, “That’s pretty normal for a tree”, and you’re right. The Shademanster Honeylocust excels in areas where other trees don’t, though.

The leaves are small and the branches are widely spaced. Why is this good? There are a couple of reasons. First, the tree casts a nice shade for you, but not such a deep shade that the grass or other plantings beneath it can’t grow well. That’s a plus for your lawn. Second, when autumn hits and the leaves fall, you’ll see that they are so small they don’t need to be raked! They aren’t big enough to hurt the grass below them.

Honeylocust trees are native to America, so they are usually very hardy. The Shademaster, though, has been bred to be extra hardy. It isn’t fazed by street or air pollution, salt, soot or challenging soils. Give it plenty of sunlight and watch this fast growing tree thrive.

Many types of honeylocusts have imposing thorns and large seedpods that can be a bit of a disaster to clean up in winter. The Shademaster is both thornless and seedless. There is no mess to clean up! What a great tree.

Practically no maintenance. The perfect amount of shade. Nice color and form. You want this tree for your yard. Don’t hesitate. Buy one today!

* Fragrant flowers
* Super-low maintenance
* Pollution tolerant
* Fast growing


Plant Facts

Family Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Shademaster'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 50 - 75 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 40 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 5-8
Mature Form Upright, Vase Spreading
Growth Rate Rapid
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color Greenish, Yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Bloom Period Spring

Shademaster Honeylocust.

Rating: 4.9/5 based on 6 review(s)
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Great tree Review by PhilG
I planted a small 4 foot dry-root stock tree in 2004. It looked pitiful, but 12 years later it is a beautiful 25 foot tree. I have had no problems with it, and love its looks. This is a fantastic shade tree. The grass below grows well, and there are no roots showing (like a maple tree would be).
Does great in downtown urban areas Review by Cheryl
While I am in the country now, we had this as a city tree on a downtown DC thoroughfare. It did wonderfully in the city - very pollution tolerant. It was picked because its roots go deep, and don't harm sidewalks. So lacy - and so golden in the fall. I can hardly wait til the one we ordered arrives out here in farm country! I missed that tree. I really wanted the SHADEMASTER, because of its upright form, and dappled shade. Since it does not provide intense shade, it was conducive to growing all sorts of plants underneath. Wonderful tree
Farming Review by Phyllis Jubenville
I have this tree in my yard and love its appearance. It has been a very hardy tree and love all the aspects of this tree, I also have the sunburst locust in fact I have four of them and they are so beautiful to see them grow and change colour, I had to water them this week because of the dry weather here in Dover Twp, near Chatham, Ontario, Canada but after I gave it two hours of water and two days later well you should see them now I have new branches coming all over the tree and they look spectacular, what a miracle that was. As you can see nothing grows well without water. I also wanted to tell you how good your information was on your article. Sincerely, Phyllis
Excellent, fast-growing shade tree Review by dadamson
We live on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. It is very dry here. This tree is my favorite tree (of the several we had planted when we landscaped). It is fast-growing, hardy (stands up to hot temps, high winds) and provides excellent shade. It is also the easiest tree for us to maintain - prune lower hanging branches and fertilize once a year. I can't think of any negatives, except that we only have one.
Beverly Review by Beverly
I have been a tree planter all my life and without a doubt this tree is on the top of my list. Generally disease free, doesnt break up with wind and is a good grower. I plant one in each location I move to for future generations. It is a beautiful tree; looks lacy with its small leaves. Easy to care for.

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