Gleditsia triacanthos 'RUBYLACE'

Gleditsia triacanthos
Gleditsia triacanthos  'RUBYLACE'
thornless honey locust
SIZE/TYPE small tree
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green and burgundy red
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°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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Some of you, gleditsia lovers, may have read about this quite rare and unique version of honey locust. Its charm consists in the unusual colour of leaves. They are bright purple as they emerge, turning chocolate brown later and light bronze in summer. They are pinnate or bi-pinnate and look like fern leaves.

The Latin name says three-thorned (does such word even exist?) but holds for its original wild species only. This variety is thorn-less, thank God. If you saw the thorns on the parent plant you would not even think of buying one. The branches are rather horizontal and growth rate is medium-fast, not as fast as for example its golden-leaved sister variety “Sunburst”. In my opinion, this plant looks best when grown as a standard tree with a canopy crown, clipped to umbrella shape: just cut off the vertical terminal and leave horizontal branches which will slightly droop with age. Clipping the tips at the end of winter will increase crown density.

For best results plant it in full sun. It is widely tolerant of soil types but will do best in humus-rich, moist but well drained soil. Fertilizing is not necessary, and if so, stop fertilizing in mid summer so that all branches can mature. Hardy to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 03-04-2010
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Gleditsia triacanthos  'RUBYLACE' girth 8-10 cm

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