This is a fine example of the thornless 'Shademaster' Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos inermis 'Shademaster') in fall color. Somewhat vase-shaped, with a pleasing rounded outline, this tree offers a light, filtered shade. The dark green compound leaflets turn golden each autumn and because of their small size (about 1/2" long), fall clean up is easy - the leaflets often "melt away" into the soil, before one has a chance to rake. 'Shademaster' is basically podless, further proof of its cleanliness and good manners.
Growing at the rate of approximately 1 1/2' per year, this tree is also valued for its fast growth. Trees mature at around 50-60' high by 30-40' wide, so they definitely need their space. As with any plant, especially large-scale trees and evergreens, you must take into account the mature sizes of proposed specimens. Overcrowding is a major factor in plant decline and outright failure.
When considering a new addition to your landscape, also research any known issues, such as insect, disease or environmental stresses. There are few plants without at least a couple of such problems and, unfortunately, the honeylocust is no exception. Do your research, before you invest. Often, the risk of encountering various known issues is worth it to the homeowner who is willing to take preventative measures and/or maintain a certain level of vigilance.
One of the best preventative steps you can take, is to plant only one honeylocust. On its own, without other nearby specimens (look around the neighborhood), it's quite likely that yours will remain a sturdy, healthy tree. 'Shademaster' is one of the strongest growing of the honeylocusts and can be just the right accent where filtered shade is the goal. I know... I had one for years and still miss it! Oh, and did I mention that they're spectacular in autumn?
LUCY-MAUDE ~ Mini-Mastiff, who "brooks no tolerance" in dispatching intruders, such as squirrels and woodchucks... "one tough cookie!" Sweet Dreams, GardenPup! I lost my constant companion in February 2012, after 15 years of gardening and hiking.
Bailey-Rose, 'GardenPup 2'
Taking up the mantle of constant companion and the next generation 'GardenPup' is Bailey-Rose, adopted at 1 1/2 years of age in March of 2012. A Jack Russell Terrier /Chihuahua mix who acts like a 3-month old puppy... a lively, outgoing gal who keeps me on the go, in and out of the garden. "Working" at Corliss Bros., she's already met many of the gardeners who enjoyed Lucy's presence at work.
ONE OF THE TRIPLETS - voted friendliest and "most outgoing." Also voted most likely to play with the resident canine... first Lucy-Maude, and now Bailey-Rose.
Using the Rugosa Rose as an example... Kingdom - Plantae - Plants Subkingdom - Tracheobionta - Vascular plants Superdivision - Spermatophyta - Seed Plants Division - Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants Class - Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons Subclass - Rosidae Order - Rosales Family - Rosaceae Genus - Rosa Species - Rosa rugosa- rugosa rose
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