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Sunset Gold Honeylocust

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Sungolzam'

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Sunset Gold Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos 'Sungolzam') at Connon Nurseries

Sunset Gold Honeylocust foliage

Sunset Gold Honeylocust foliage

(Photo courtesy of Lake County Nursery)

Height:  45 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


One of the most popular shade trees, valued for its delicate, ferny appearance which casts a dappled shade below; upright spreading and fast growing, seedless, very tolerant of adverse growing conditions, makes a great street tree

Ornamental Features

Sunset Gold Honeylocust has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges orange in spring on a tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. The pinnately compound leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sunset Gold Honeylocust is an open deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sunset Gold Honeylocust is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Sunset Gold Honeylocust will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features