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Honey Locust
Catalogue A#0097-005  A1

GPS 45D 43' 57" N / 108D 37' 18" W



Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis cv. 'Shademaster'

Family: Fabaceae

Origin: Eastern to midwestern North America

Location: Top of amphitheater knoll

Number in accession: 3

Note: recommended by city of Billings for planting

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​This 40 inch Honeylocust provides overall benefits of: $107 every year. 


The light, dappled shade cast by the lacy foliage of this attractive tree is only one of its virtues. It also is durable and adaptable, tolerating a wide range of soil conditions as well as drought, and road salt, and has a lovely yellow fall color. As a result, honey locust is overused in city and suburban landscapes. For the sake of species diversity, it should only be planted after careful consideration of alternatives. The native species of honey-locust has large thorns on its stems and bark. For this reason, thornless honey locust, also known as Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis, is most commonly sold. 

Family (English): Pea
Family (Botanic): Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae)
        Planting Site: Residential and parks, City parkway, Wide median, Restricted sites
        Tree or Plant Type: Tree
        Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
        Native Locale:  North America
        Landscape Uses: Parkway/street, Shade tree, Specimen
        Size Range: Large tree (more than 40 feet), Medium tree (25-40 feet)
Mature Height: 30-70 feet
Mature Width: 30-70 feet
        Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
        Hardiness Zones: Zone 4, Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
        Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
        Acid Soils: Tolerant
        Alkaline Soils: Tolerant
        Salt Spray: Tolerant
        Soil Salt: Tolerant
        Drought Conditions: Tolerant
        Poor Drainage: Tolerant
        Planting Considerations: Commonly planted
        Ornamental Interest: Fall color, Persistent fruit/seeds
        Season of Interest: Early fall, Mid fall
        Flower Color & Fragrance: Inconspicuous
        Shape or Form: Broad, Round
        Growth Rate: Fast
        Transplants Well: Yes
        Wildlife: Game birds, Migrant birds, Small mammal

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