Thornless Honeylocust Tree

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Fast-growing and carefree, the Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis) is an attractive, fast-growing tree. It would be perfect for your street or driveway due to its hardy, adaptable nature. Your Thornless Honeylocust tree is easy to grow, so it will consistently provide its admirable features without a lot of work from you.

Its delicate pinnately compound leaves are finely textured, displaying a graceful shimmer in the lightest of breezes and casting a relaxing, filtered shade. Delicate flowers will appear in the spring, pristine white and gracing your yard with their sweet fragrance. You may not see the sprays of blooms but pollinators are quick to seek them out!

The early yellow leaf color and the way the wind plays through the lacy leaves will draw your eye. Then the yellow-gold fall foliage will light up your landscape in the autumn before dropping and fluttering away in the breeze - making fall clean-up a snap! The bark lends winter interest with its fissured, grey bark with an orange-tinted interior that becomes even more interesting with age.

Hardy and resilient throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, there is little that fazes these trees - not heat, sun, cold, deer, compacted soil, saline conditions, or urban pollution!

Planting and Application:

If you'd like a tree to cast dappled shade over a walkway, a parking lot or driveway, or a backyard entertainment area - then this is the tree for you! Honeylocust trees aren't fazed by street or air pollution, salt, compacted soil, or a whole range of soil types, including challenging soil conditions. You can also use Honeylocust as a bright accent specimen tree.

Your turf 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, the Thornless Honeylocust 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.

  • Thornless Fast-Growing Hardwood Tree!
  • Fine-Textured Ferny Leaves
  • Open Airy Canopy Casts Dappled Shade
  • Yellow-Gold Fall Color
  • Perfect Lawn Specimen, Shade Tree & Urban Environments

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant in full sun and nearly any well-drained soil and then enjoy seeing up to two feet of growth each year with your fast-growing Thornless Honeylocust - without having to fuss or fret over it. Thornless Honeylocust is quite hardy and tolerates a variety of conditions including drought, salt, and urban environments! 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.

Honeylocust trees do not mind some pruning and don't mind being shaped to match your preferences. Pruning the low branches doesn't detract from the tree's appearance and it's almost seedless, so raking isn't an issue either. You can even easily transplant it should you decide to try a different location.

  • Full Sun Deciduous Tree
  • Adaptable to Most Well-Drained Soil Types
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Highly Tolerant, Resistant & Hardy

The easy breezy Thornless Honeylocust Tree clearly has a lot to offer and would make an outstanding addition to your yard! Order yours today at Nature Hills!

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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Thornless 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
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 50 - 70 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 50 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Greenish
Foliage Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant