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Gleditsia triacanthos

Gleditsia triacanthos

  • Height: 40’ – 100’
  • Spread: 40’
  • Site characteristics: Fine to medium textured soils, tolerates drought, full sun
  • Zone: 4b - 9a
  • Wet/dry: Tolerates wet and dry sites
  • Native range: Salt: High tolerance
  • pH: 5.0 - 8.2
  • Shape: Open, spreading
  • Other: Yellow fall color
  • Cultivars: ‘Halka’ - essentially fruitless, Zone 4a. ‘Shademaster’ - high, vase-shaped canopy, essentially fruitless, Zone 3b. ‘Skyline’ - upright, pyramidal, strong central leader, good fall color, Zone 3b. ‘Sunbust’ - yellow foliage at the tips of branches.
  • Additional: Transplants easily in spring
  • Pests: Over planting has encouraged severe insect problems in many areas, including honeylocust plant bug, spider mite, borer and webworm.

Imperial Honeylocust Skyline Honeylocust
Photos: Jesse Saylor, MSU (left), and Bert Cregg, MSU (right).

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