Thornless Honey Locust Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, NY
Question by helenareeros
October 28, 1999
I am interested in acquiring a thornless honey locust tree - I have made several telephone inquiries and have located one that is of the desired size. However, the gentleman I spoke to said that the tree was a Sunburst Honey Locust, and that it was golden. Are the leaves of this type of honey locust tree golden in spring and summer as well as in the fall? How big do they generally grow?


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Answer from NGA
October 28, 1999

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"Sunburst" is a bright "golden" color in the spring, somewhere between yellow and chartreuse and then fades to a sort of bright Paris green. Fall color is yellow fading to brown. Michael Dirr in his "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" places this one in the 30 to 35 foot range. As you may have guessed, foliage color depends somewhat on the inidivdual plant and its growing conditions as well as on the eye of the beholder. If you would prefer a more normal green (yellow in the fall), you might look for the slightly larger growing "Shademaster" which is fairly common in the trade.

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