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Wonderful Shademaster Honeylocust

Need shade, but want to keep things simple and easy for yourself? Searching for a good looking tree that grows quickly? Would you rather spend your fall weekends watching football with family and friends than doing heavy yardwork cleanup?

Take a look at the native Shademaster Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Shademaster'). This is a perfectly wonderful selection for the home landscape. It's drought tolerant and will give you very little trouble.

Here's why.

For decades, growers have worked to improve many of our hardy, native American tree species, reducing undesirable traits and boosting all those delightful plant characteristics we love so much.

One of the most popular of these hybrid selections is the Shademaster Honeylocust. Introduced in 1956 by the Princeton Nursery in Princeton, New Jersey, Shademaster is considered by many to be the perfect lawn tree. That's a big statement, but this is a great tree!

It grows into a vase shape and with a beautiful rounded canopy. The leaves are one of its best features. Our horticulture team calls them "pinnately compound", which means each leaf has tiny, symmetrical leaves growing nicely along a central leaflet.

That means refreshing, light dappled shade. Your lawn grasses can grow beneath it. Your pretty perennials or small shrubs for partial shade can get established for you.

And little leaves? So much easier to pick up in fall. Often, a majority of them will just be whisked up by the wind and carried away. The tiny leaves that are left can actually be left to break down into rich, organic compost over the winter. Or zip, zip, zip - a quick pass of the mower and you're DONE with fall cleanup!

Shademaster Honeylocust 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.

However, this tree is a tough cookie that excels in areas where others don't. We're talking clay soil, urban pollution, high heat, limited maintenance or care. You can start to see the advantages of this favorite tree, can’t you? If you live in the right Growing Zones, you can grow this tree.

You can start to see the advantages of this favorite tree, can't you?

Practically no maintenance. Thornless and seedless. No seed pods. The perfect amount of shade. Nice color and form.

  • Fast Growing
  • Refreshing Light Shade
  • Super-Low Maintenance
  • Pollution Tolerant
  • Perfect City Shade Tree
  • Long Lived Tree

What's not to love? Order today!

How to Use Shademaster Honeylocust in the Landscape

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 a whole range of soils, including challenging soil conditions.

Recommended for wherever a large shade tree is required, the Shademaster works in large parking lot islands, or buffer zone plantings. They also tolerate being planted in close groups to create a shaded grove, or a picnic area in a park like setting.

Able to withstand pollution, they do well in highway medium strips. The Shademaster is commonly seen used as a residential street tree do to their ability to adapt to poor drainage, compacted soils, and drought conditions once established.

Simply plant it in full sun and give it the space to grow and watch this fast-growing tree thrive.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Pruning is recommended every 5 to 6 years starting when young to shape. Pruning of mature trees is not necessary.

Nature Hills Root Booster is recommended to helps your new plants make new roots easier. Add to the bottom of your planting hole.

You want this tree for your yard. Don't hesitate. Buy one today!

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

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 .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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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.
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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 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Shademaster Honeylocust Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Botanical Name Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Shademaster'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 50 - 75 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 40 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Greenish, Yellow
Fall Color Yellow