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Gleditsia triacanthos

Gleditsia triacanthos
Fall foliage is yellow
honey locust
Golden carpet
Common name honey locust
Family fabaceae
Life cycle tree
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

This thornless, podless cultivar was planted in our front yard by the township, as a street tree. It is rather late to leaf out in spring, and among the first to be bare in fall. A useful feature is that its golden yellow leaves that drop in October are so small that they don't smother the lawn – they get blown around enough that no raking is required.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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