Botanical Name: Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
Common Name: Honeylocust  
Plant photo of: Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

25-40', 40-60'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Light Green, Yellow Green


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Parking Strip, Parking Lot, Street Tree


Special Uses

Shade Tree


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Wildlife

Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Honeylocust are prized for their fine-textured leaves that provide a pleasant, dappled shade. Generally with light green leaves; some cultivars have yellow spring growth. Open and spreading crown makes for a fine shade tree. Bark is a greyish-brown and furrowed. sizes range from 25 to 50 feet or more, with a spread generally less than the height. Golden yellow fall color and open winter silhouette provides attractive fall and winter appearance. Deciduous.
Withstands a wide range of conditions, including high pH, salts, soil type, and drought. Best growth occurs in rich, well drained soil wit hregular watering. Overplanting has led to increases in some diseases and pests. See the guide for planting and pruning instructions.