Imperial Honeylocust Tree

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No matter how tough your climate … chances are great you can achieve the kind of shaded backyard paradise you've always dreamed of. Well, introducing the Imperial Honeylocust Tree (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Impcole') that takes on those hard conditions head first (or rather root first?) and grows into a healthy, rounded lawn tree your whole family will enjoy!

No need to stress about surface roots or prickly thorns with this modern cultivar! Instead, you'll gain tiny, fragrant spring flowers, and fern-like pinnately compound leaves that cast pretty shade but still allow the lawn to thrive underneath.

Imperial Honeylocust even provides a brilliant golden-yellow fall color to brighten up the tail end of the growing season. And it's a breeze to clean up after these small compound leaflets, too!

This rugged selection resists wind and winter damage and can tolerate brief periods of drought after the first few seasons. It can be planted in new construction sites with compacted soil. No matter what - Imperial grows! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 7, there's little that fazes this tough deciduous tree!

Planting and Application:

Honeylocust trees are your "Perfect Lawn Trees"! Front and backyards gain fast shade and curb appeal! Use an Imperial at the southwestern part of your property to reduce your cooling costs. In a larger space, create a personal park with several scattered informally to take advantage of natural hills and dips in your property.

Honeylocust trees partner well with other trees, too. Add a mix of smaller flowering trees and evergreens with your Imperial Honeylocust for an exceptional display that requires very little care. Your lawn will even grow happily beneath the dappled light shade!

Honeylocusts are durable and rugged enough to be used in commercial plantings, parking lots, and as street trees along the road without worry the roots will get into trouble!

  • Beautiful Form & Thornless Cultivar
  • Light, Refreshing Shade
  • Ferny Small Leaves & Easy to Clean in Fall
  • Brilliant Yellow Fall Color
  • Deep Root System Great Around Sidewalks & Driveways
  • Great Lawn Trees, Street Trees & Shade!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This cultivar of the hardy and resilient native tree thrives in full sun and nearly any type of well-drained soil. Provide moderate regular moisture for new trees, but once established, Honeylocust trees are very drought-tolerant. Top the soil with a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch - especially when planted in the lawn. Create a buffer zone extending 3-4 feet from the trunk to protect the bark from mower and weed-wacker damage. Prune to shape your young tree in late winter.

  • Full Sun Deciduous Tree
  • Highly Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Handsome Tree is Tough as Nails
  • Heat Tolerant & Waterwise Once Established

Place your order for these incredible shade trees. The Imperial Honeylocust adds value to your property for years to come! Order now at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Imperial Honeylocust Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Impcole'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 30 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Adaptable Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes