Locust trees excel where others fail. Browse our inventory of hardy, fast-growing locust trees to add dappled shade and big visual impact to nearly any landscape.
Hardy, Fast-Growing Locust Trees
The two most common locust tree varieties are the Black Locust and the Honey Locust. The Black Locust's botanical name is Robinia, and the other varieties of honey locust are in the Gleditsia family. All locusts are extremely hardy trees and fast growing in a range of USDA planting zones. They can tolerate urban conditions, marginal soils, compacted soil, alkaline soil, heat and drought. The Black Locust does have a very fragrant flower display in the spring whereas the Honey Locust blooms are not quite as prominent, though they are lightly fragrant.
How & Where to Plant Locust Trees
Locust trees are noted for their strong, dense wood and their low-maintenance ease. They are well regarded as effective windbreaks when grouped together, and their gorgeous fall color gives them late-season interest. Most locust trees are not densely leaved, so lawn grass can and will thrive under these trees. Locust trees offer filtered shade rather than dense shade, which makes them perfect as a focal point in the center of a vast yard. Honey Locusts' leaves are not as large or numerous as those of maple trees, so fall cleanup is much faster and easier.
Our Most Popular Locust Tree Varieties:
- Sunburst® Honeylocust - Bright yellow spring leaves become green with yellow tips in summer, fall foliage is golden yellow, extremely hardy for urban conditions, thornless and seedless with little to no maintenance required
- Shademaster Honeylocust - Beautifully rounded shape, allows dappled shade for underplantings, extremely hard wood holds up against wind and ice storms, fast growth rate
- Thornless Honeylocust - White and fragrant spring blooms, brilliant yellow-gold fall foliage, fissured gray bark with orange-tinted interior for visual interest in winter
- Skyline Honeylocust - Superior shade tree, sidewalk-friendly root system, spring blooms attract pollinators, pairs well with hydrangea and other flowering bushes
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