Shademaster Honeylocust

Gleditsia inermis 'Shademaster'

60 feet high x 50 feet wide
Pyramidal shape
Zone 3
Full Sun

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‘Shademaster’ Honeylocust is one of the most popular thornless honeylocusts on the market today. It forms a graceful vase- to oval-shaped outline of its canopy. The pinnately compound, green leaflets are very light and airy which provide great dappled shade for us humans. Very tolerant of our alkaline soils. Just like the species, Shademaster is late to leaf out in the spring and goes dormant early in autumn—a great characteristic considering Wyoming’s unforgiving spring and autumn weather events. Expect anywhere from 4’–6′ of growth/year.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.