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Ruby Lace Honeylocust

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Ruby Lace'

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Ruby Lace Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos 'Ruby Lace') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Ruby Lace Honeylocust

Ruby Lace Honeylocust

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Ruby Lace Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos 'Ruby Lace') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Ruby Lace Honeylocust foliage

Ruby Lace Honeylocust foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


A dazzling accent and shade tree, featuring brilliant ruby-red foliage as it emerges in spring, bronzing as leaves mature in summer, holds its bright color well throughout the season, excellent fall color; makes a real statement in the landscape

Ornamental Features

Ruby Lace Honeylocust has attractive ruby-red foliage throughout the season. The pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ruby Lace Honeylocust is an open deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ruby Lace Honeylocust is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Ruby Lace Honeylocust will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features
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