Sunburst Honey Locust, Large Trees

Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas
Soil Acidic
Type Screening
Flowering May, Jun

Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst (Standard)

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  Buy 3 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-2 3-910+
Feather. Bareroot 1.75-2.5m Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £89.94Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£84.96Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£79.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £124.98Out of Stock £95.40Out of Stock £94.44
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Honey Locust - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst: Bareroot Honey Locust Trees in Standard Sizes

Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst is a Golden variety of Honey Locust, with glorious golden-yellow new leaf fronds, made up of fern-like rows of little leaflets that seem to sniff the breeze as they sway about. They mature to green, and go yellow again in Autumn. This cultivar is thornless, unlike the wild species. The tiny flowers aren't really visible, but they have a good sweet scent that carries well. In a hot, sunny summer, especially in the South and West, you should get some seeds, which are lovely long bean pods.

It is a great garden tree, with a canopy spread of only 4-5 metres and it will grow well in the middle of a lawn with grass growing right up to its trunk. They reach a height of about 12 metres.
Browse our large garden trees, or all of our trees.

Delivery season: Honey Locust trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 12m
  • Fixes nitrogen
  • Yellow spring foliage, green in Summer, yellow in Autumn
  • Soil: Any, needs sun
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Gleditsia

It is suitable for most gardens and will grow on pretty much any soil in a sunny place. Responds well to pruning.

Did You Know?

Gleditsia are native to America and parts of Asia, and have been widely planted in Britain since the start of the 1700's. This Sunburst variety, also listed as "Inermis Aurea" was bred in the 1950's.
The pulp and seeds inside the ripe seed-pods are sweet and can be eaten, usually cooked.

It is in the pea family, so it is a cousin of Robinia, the Common or Black Locust. It's one of the nitrogen fixing trees used in "multicultural" orchards, where fruit species are planted in a repeating sequence along a row like Apple, Cherry, Pear, then a Nitrogen Fixer, which can be harvested for wood; cutting the tree releases nitrogen from the roots. This permaculture principle reduces the pressure from pests and diseases, which cannot swarm from similar tree to tree, and nourishes the terrain to an extent.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

This tree transplants badly when it gets large, so these plants are slightly too small to be graded as standards and are delivered when they are about 2m tall.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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