- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Mature Height: 60-80' tall
- Mature Width: 60-80' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 60-80' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Crows, Starlings, Bobwhite quail
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Honeylocust Treeling?
Landscape for the birds, and you! Honeylocust is an optimal street tree that can be found in many cities lining streets, located in public spaces, and even in other people's landscapes. However, Honeylocust isn't just a pretty face, they are native to Eastern and parts of Western US which make these trees great choices for helping out the natural landscape. Native insects will make homes in the branches while local native birds will stop in to visit and snack on some of the critters that are present.
Standing 150 feet from Abraham Lincoln while he delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, stands a lone Honey Locust tree referred to as the “witness tree”. Quietly listening after witnessing one of the worst battles in US history right beneath its feet where thousands of American soldiers lost their lives. This 160 year old veteran has lived longer than its 100 year expectancy and still stands alongside the Gettysburg National Cemetery today. Over the years saplings and seeds from this historic tree have been sold for fundraisers spreading some 1,600 descendants of the “witness tree” throughout the eastern United States.
How to use in the landscape?
Full of honey-sweet nectar, the lovely Honeylocust tree is a hit amongst wildlife. Commonly found in wet, river valleys and used as a beloved city shade tree native birds and other wildlife absolutely love this tree. You'll love this tree as well when you see that the leaflets that fall in the autumn easily blow away in the wind, making fall cleanup a breeze! The only thing to look out for with Hoenylocust are the spikes that grow on the bark and can be a hinderance if not prepared to accomodate your landscape to welcome this native shade tree.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
How To Plant
Honeylocusts are the street trees of choice! You’ll see them along city streets, even in planting beds scattered throughout the parking lot at malls and grocery stores. One reason they make great street trees is because they can tolerate salt, so they can stand up to the salt truck spreading salt all over the road in wintertime. They are fast growers that prefer full sun and will tolerate a range of soil conditions, however, they don’t do well in consistently wet soils. Honeylocusts occasionally sprout suckers, when suckers appear be sure to prune them off. Not only are they unsightly, they also steal valuable energy from the rest of the tree. It is also beneficial to fertilize your Honeylocust for the first few years that it graces your landscape. About once a year, in the fall, give your tree a dose of medium rate fertilizer; this gives your tree the essential nutrients it needs to provide healthy new growth for the following spring season. Honeylocusts are susceptible to some pests: leafhopper and fall webworm, for example. Consult with your local Garden Center professional to find out how to treat these pests if you have a severe problem. If you only have a small pest problem, chances are if you leave it alone, your tree will grow back fine the next growing season.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
How Does Shipping Work?
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.