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Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis 'Sunburst'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Green in Spring

Foliage

Green in Summer
Yellow in Autumn and Spring

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

honey locust 'Sunburst'

Family

Caesalpiniaceae


Gleditsia are deciduous trees with elegant, pinnate or bipinnate foliage, often on spiny branches, inconspicuous flowers followed by large flattened seed-pods

'Sunburst' is a small deciduous tree with a rounded crown. Leaves bipinnate, with small, leaflets, golden-yellow in early summer, becoming greener in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow as a specimen tree in any well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Foliage is often damaged by gall midge

Diseases

Generally disease free