Tree Detail

Gleditsia triacanthos inermis


Honeylocust, Shademaster or Common

Gleditsia triacanthos inermis   "Shademaster"

Category: deciduous tree   Size: medium

Mature Size: 40-50' x 30-40'

Zone: Down to 4   Growth Rate: fast

Foliage: Bright green, glossy, and late to appear in springs. Leaves are alternate and pinately compound and about 10" long.

Elevation (if known): To 7,500'

Water: Medium to low once established.

Soil : No particular soil preferences and does OK in dry or alkaline areas. Tolerates compacted, poorly aerated soil.

Sun: Full.

Comments: Thornless and seedless. Little sidewalk damage. It is tolerant of urban conditions such as poor soils, a wide pH range, soil compaction, flooding, salt, heat and drought.

Warnings: Might not be suitable in colder areas of town. One of last to leaf out and one of first to lose its leaves in fall. Leaflets are small and may be messy to clean up in fall, but can almost disappear in lawn.

Alamosa Tree Board Recommended? yes

Street Tree? yes   Street Tree Conditions: Tolerant of small planting pits in concrete and is salt tolerant.

CO/NM native? no   Native to: cultivar of Honeylocust

Known Locations: Cole Park at southeast end (labeled0.

Information Sources: CSU; Alamosa Tree Board; S Group of State Foresters