Gleditsia: the utterly enchanting Honey Locust Tree, a stunning golden leaved beauty!

Please excuse the very noisy background. It was a windy day and we didn’t have a microphone to record this. We also didn’t have time to subtitle the video, but a second one is coming very soon (with an improved sound quality), were Donna will show you how to prune this tree. The honey locust, also known as the thorny locust, is a deciduous tree in the family Fabaceae, native to central North America where it is mostly found in the moist soil of river valleys. Honey locust is highly adaptable to different environments. It’s a delicate yet sturdy tree which is utterly enchanting when backlit by the sun. Its dainty foliage emerges a breezy, luminous yellow, gradually ripening to yellow green by end of summer, then warming again to golden tones through the autumn. Gleditsia is deep rooting and tolerates pavements well, making it a good choice for the small front gardens of urban townhouses, its airy, ascending branches providing delightful outlook over many stories. It tends to have a rather ‘free-spirited’ growth habit, particularly in windy positions, which can be embraced to great effect for naturalistic, multi-stem planting. However it can also be very effective as a standard (single trunk) form with good formative pruning and occasional maintenance pruning as required.

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