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Friday, July 11, 2014

Gleditsia triacanthos inermis 'Sunole' - Sunburst Honeylocust

This is the golden leaved version of the thornless honey locust tree. More compact than the species and slower growing to 30+ feet. The chief difference being the foliage is yellow in spring and turning light green in summer or looking burnt, but that's a pest problem. Horrible pest problem here, Pod Gall Midge.



Leaves are similar to the other cultivars except they are light yellow early spring, turning light green by mid summer. Still the same mixture of pinnate and compound pinnate leaves depending on the rate of growth. 



Here is a shot of a bad infestation of the midge.



Really all the other parts of the tree are more or less the same as the species and other cultivars of Gleditsia.

'Suncole' seems to be the proper cultivar name but most people use the trademarked name Sunburst.

Misidentification:
Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' perhaps. The other golden foliaged "locust" has larger leaflets than Gleditisa. Neither are really common.

Location:
Aptos
Soquel Dr and Hardin Way - Corner

Soquel
4831 Soquel Dr

Santa Cruz
West Marine parking lot

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