About This Plant

The Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst,’ commonly known as the Sunburst Honey Locust, is a stunning deciduous tree prized for its vibrant golden foliage. This cultivar of the honey locust tree is native to North America and is well-regarded for its ornamental value. Its most distinctive feature is its delicate, fern-like leaves that emerge in a brilliant golden-yellow colour in spring and transition to a softer green as the season progresses. ‘Sunburst’ honey locust trees typically reach heights of 30 to 70 feet (9 to 21 meters) and have a spreading, open canopy.

The Story


The leaves of Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’ are compound, pinnate, and alternate. Each leaf typically measures around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) in length, consisting of 20 to 30 small, ovate leaflets. The leaflets themselves are approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) long, showcasing a vibrant golden-yellow colour throughout the growing season


The “Sunburst” honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos ‘Sunburst’) produces flat, twisted, and spiraled seed pods. These pods are typically brown in colour and can grow up to 8 to 18 inches (20 to 45 cm) long. The pods contain seeds and persist on the tree throughout the winter, adding visual interest to the landscape. The measurements can vary depending on environmental factors and the tree’s maturity.
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