Honey Locust

Gleditsia triacanthos

A beautiful and enduring small to medium shade tree, honey locusts have light, attractive leaves resembling ferns that turn a brilliant yellow in fall. Its leaves degrade quickly once fallen – something gardeners greatly value. A tough tree, honey locusts has been used to reclaim lands disturbed by mining operations, and is very tolerant of salt and similar urban stressors.

Size and Light Requirements

Honey locusts do best in full sun. While variable, it typically reaches 30 feet to 50 feet in approximately 40 years.

Plant This Tree

This tree is available through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. You can also get up to $100 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

Find Another Tree

All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo Credits

Jesus Cabrera, Lazaregagnidze, Luis Fernández García, Bostonian13, Andrew Butko, Georg Slickers