Honey Locust

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.

The Appearance

A medium to large deciduous tree with a broad, open crown and pinnate leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It produces clusters of greenish-yellow flowers and long seed pods.


The Produce

These pods are typically brown in colour and can grow up to 8 to 18 inches (20 to 45 cm) long.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of greenish-yellow flowers in late spring, followed by long, twisted seed pods.


The Leaves

Each leaf typically measures around 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) in length, consisting of 20 to 30 small, ovate leaflets.


The Bark

The bark is gray and deeply furrowed, becoming rough with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including pollinators. The seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.


The Culture

Valued for its shade and ornamental appeal. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Honey Locust is known for its thorny branches and its long, twisted seed pods, which are used in ornamental crafts.

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