Gleditsia triacanthos 'ELEGANTISSIMA'

Gleditsia triacanthos
Gleditsia triacanthos  'ELEGANTISSIMA'
honey locust (thornless)
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Honey locust is known as a beautiful and elegant tree. Having said that, what is it that made the cultivators use the name ´Elegantissima´ for this variety? From Roman languages we know that everything with suffix –issima is used for everything a grade higher. And looking at this honey locust we can see that they were right – extremely elegant, densely leaved shrub. The leaves are the same as on the species, just a bit shorter but there is at least three times as much. They are compound, fern-like, and bright green turning yellow in the autumn. This variety is thornless. Usual height is 2-3m, everything above falls under specimen as it grows very slowly. Maximum height is expected 6m (in about 50 years though). Should you need to keep it compact you can trim it every 3-5 years. It is soil tolerant, we only suggest avoiding calcareous soil. Fully hardy even in mountainous regious.

  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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