Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst

Honey Locust

Estimated fully grown height 7-12m

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Product Details

Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst is a stunning golden leaved beauty with frondy like foliage, known commonly as the Honey Locust.

This pretty and delicate looking tree has a rounded and spreading form and considered to be one of the best yellow foliaged trees on the market. The foliage is often late to appear, emerging a brilliant lime yellow colour and hardening to a darker green as the summer progresses. Unlike its parent, Gleditsia triacanthos, this yellow beauty has the advantage of being thornless.

Gleditisa triacanthos Sunburst originates from moist and even swampy areas, however despite this the Honey Locust does seem to perform well in much drier and free draining soils. This desirable cultivar was introduced in the mid 1950s and won the Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

This pretty tree makes a great feature tree and is suitable for planting in smaller gardens, as despite being a Medium to Large sized tree at maturity, its fern like foliage casts a light dappled shade which does not impact too much on the living space of gardens.

This light coloured beauty will work well if planted with a dark purple leaved opposite such as Prunus cerasifera Nigra, the Purple Leaved Plum. With the recent troubles being experienced with the ever popular garden favourite Robinia pseudoacacia Frisia we recommend Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst as a much tougher and well performing alternative.

Mature height: 7-12m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.