Sunburst® Honeylocust Tree

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An attractive and easy care brilliant shock of color! If you want an attractive hardwood shade tree that grows quickly and has a lot of style, take a good look at the native Sunburst® Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Suncole'). This is a great tree that handles tough conditions without any trouble.

This is a wonderful selection for the home landscape. It's pollution, drought, and salt tolerant and will give you very little trouble. You won't even have a big job with fall cleanup!

Sunburst® is considered by many to be the perfect lawn 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 leaflets that are made up of even smaller rows of leaflets!

Sunburst® Honeylocust is well-known for its bright sunny yellow leaves that emerge in the spring. As the new growth expands, the foliage at the tips remains very yellow until it matures. The fine-textured, compound leaves cast a refreshing dappled shade. The leaves are nicely green through the summer and turn a lovely golden-yellow in the fall.

And little leaves? So much easier to pick up in the 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! No raking is required.

This tree is a tough cookie throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, that excels in areas where others don't. We're talking compacted soil, clay soil, urban pollution, high heat, and limited maintenance or care! Sunburst® Honeylocust is also a very hard-wooded tree that tolerates ice storms and wind with few problems.

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 Sunburst® Honeylocust!

Planting and Application:

Honeylocust trees, or just Locust trees, are native to America, so they are usually very hardy. Sunburst® is a seedless/podless male cultivar that 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.

Your lawn grasses can grow beneath it. Pretty perennials or small shrubs for partial shade can easily establish and grow for you directly underneath it. Shade your backyard entertainment areas or reduce cooling costs in the summer by situating this tree 10-15 feet from your home to block the sun in the summer but let light through in the winter once the deciduous leaves drop.

Recommended for wherever a large shade tree is required, Sunburst® works in large parking lot islands or buffer zone plantings. Municipalities have used Honeylocust trees as street trees because of their great adaptability to soils and tolerance where road salt is used.

They can be planted in close groups to create a shaded grove in a large landscape. This tree grows as an informal pyramidal outline when young, but opens up into an upright, spreading form at maturity.

You can also use Sunburst® Honeylocust as a bright accent specimen tree. The early yellow leaf color and the way the wind plays through the lacy leaves will draw your eye.

  • Fast Growing Hardwood Tree
  • Sunny Yellow New Leaves in Spring
  • Thornless & Podless Cloned Male Variety
  • Small Sprays of White Flowers Pollinators Seek Out
  • Refreshing Dappled Light Shade, Perfect Lawn & Shade Tree

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Simply plant Sunburst® in full sun and give it the space to grow and watch this fast-growing tree thrive. Honeylocust will tolerate almost any type of soil, but it must be well-drained. Nature Hills Root Booster is recommended to help your new plants make new roots easier. Give a moderate amount of water on a regular basis to establish the plant. Once it's established in your soil, it will be quite 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.

Pruning to shape branch structure is recommended when the tree is young. It may seem odd, but Honeylocust are best pruned in June while it's actively growing. This will prevent any disease problems.

  • Full Sun Deciduous Tree
  • Highly Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Once Established
  • Long-Lived Tree & Super-Low Maintenance
  • Pollution, Drought & Salt Tolerant & Deer Seldom Bother It

Did we mention that this tree is thornless and seedless? It's a cloned male variety, and couldn't be any easier! Nature Hills sells out of this high-demand tree. If you see the Sunburst® Honeylocust Tree online, place your order with us 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

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.

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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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Sunburst® Honeylocust Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Suncole'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 35 - 45 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Greenish-White
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Yellow, then Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant